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Facing death

Author: Robert Kavanaugh
Publisher: Baltimore, Penguin [1974, ©1972]
Series: Penguin books (Series)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A young Englishman travels in a half-known and neglected country, which he has always been taught to look down on. Here, however, he discovers a fullness and authenticity that shows him his own emptiness and artificiality. He falls in love with a woman who seems to embody this romantic land. After complications they marry, and he is a new man. When such a 'National Tale' is told from the perspective of the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kavanaugh, Robert.
Facing death.
Baltimore, Penguin [1974, ©1972]
(OCoLC)559298858
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Kavanaugh
ISBN: 0140038124 9780140038125
OCLC Number: 1154824
Description: 226 pages 19 cm.
Contents: American scene: dying and death --
Confronting death-related feelings --
Fear of death is fear of life --
Humane treatment of the terminally ill --
Experiment: therapy group for grievers --
Understanding human grief --
Children and death --
Coping with tragic death --
Doctors near the dying --
Reflections on funerals --
Life beyond?
Series Title: Penguin books (Series)
Responsibility: [by] Robert E. Kavanaugh.

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A young Englishman travels in a half-known and neglected country, which he has always been taught to look down on. Here, however, he discovers a fullness and authenticity that shows him his own emptiness and artificiality. He falls in love with a woman who seems to embody this romantic land. After complications they marry, and he is a new man. When such a 'National Tale' is told from the perspective of the Englishman, but written by a native of Ireland, Scotland or the new United States, the operation of what Rene Girard has called triangular or imitative desire can clearly be discerned. If the foreigner desires the woman through her nation, or vice-versa, the homeland is made desirable to its own inhabitants through the imagined desires of this representative of the national 'Other', the powerful and inevitable model for nationhood itself, namely England. Ian Dennis reassesses a sequence of early-nineteenth-century fictions by Jane Porter, Sydney Owenson, Sir Walter Scott and James Fenimore Cooper in which a portrayal of the desiring 'Other' is used to generate aspirations for national identity, but also, in the greatest works of Scott, to acknowledge and critique such processes. Nationalism in historical fiction is analysed in relation to Girardian theory of desire for the first time here, offering fresh insights into one of the most popular and influential literary genres.

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