The ethics of mourning : grief and responsibility in elegiac literature (Book, 2004) []
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The ethics of mourning : grief and responsibility in elegiac literature

The ethics of mourning : grief and responsibility in elegiac literature

Author: R Clifton Spargo
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Beginning from a reevaluation of famously inconsolable mourners ranging from Niobe to Hamlet, R. Clifton Spargo discerns the tendency of all grief to depend at least temporarily upon the refusal of consolation. By disrupting the traditional social and psychological functions of grief, the resistant mourner transforms mourning into a profoundly ethical act. Spargo finds such examples of ethical mourning in  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Clifton Spargo
ISBN: 0801879779 9780801879777
OCLC Number: 54079825
Description: x, 314 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Toward an ethics of mourning --
Mourning and substitution in Hamlet --
Lyrical economy and the question of alterity --
The ethical rhetoric of anti-elegy --
Wishful reciprocity in Thomas Hardy's Poems of 1912-13 --
The bad conscience of American holocaust elegy : the example of Randall Jarrell --
The holocaust she walks in : Sylvia Plath and the demise of lyrical selfhood.
Responsibility: R. Clifton Spargo.
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He argues for the particular capacity of literature to undertake an imaginative risk on behalf of another that seems the very ground of ethics itself.  Read more...


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Spargo challenges traditional ideas about mourning. Choice 2005 Engaging and wide-ranging study. -- Patricia Phillippy Shakespeare Yearbook 2007

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