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A death of one's own : literature, law, and the right to die

Author: Jared Louis Stark
Publisher: Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"To be or not to be--who asks this question today, and how? What does it mean to issue, or respond to, an appeal for the right to die? In A Death of One's Own, the first sustained literary study of the right to die, Jared Stark takes up these timely questions by testing predominant legal understandings of assisted suicide and euthanasia against literary reflections on modern death from the nineteenth and twentieth  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jared Louis Stark
ISBN: 9780810136779 0810136775 9780810136762 0810136767
OCLC Number: 1003193310
Description: x, 180 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Preferring not to: living wills, assisted suicide, Bartleby --
The modernist art of death: Balzac, Baudelaire, Benjamin --
Death with dignity after Auschwitz --
Epilogue. Dead letters.
Responsibility: Jared Stark.

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To be or not to be - who asks this question today, and how? What does it mean to issue, or respond to, an appeal for the right to die? In A Death of One's Own, the first sustained literary study of  Read more...

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This is a beautifully crafted work that traces a new field of scholarship, which one might tentatively call 'modern death studies.' In conversation with fields as diverse as biomedical ethics, US and Read more...

 
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