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On Mourning

Theories of Loss in Modern Literature

William Watkin

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Since the events of September 11th the problems of loss, mourning and commemoration have preoccupied our culture. Ours is not a culture in mourning so much as a mourning culture. Mourning, and its ethical and communal implications, therefore, are central to an understanding of contemporary western culture and its development in the new millennium.

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Contents


Contents Page
Introduction
Deathart and the Poetics of Mourning
Chapter One
Emotional Authenticity: Durkheim, Geertz and Modern Mourning Rituals
Chapter Two:
Poppypetal: Elegy and Consolation
Chapter Three:
the line that does not lie down: enjambment, the tomb and the body
Chapter Four
What Remains: Julia Kristeva and the Matter of Mourning
Chapter Five:
In the Dead's Place: Theories of the Lost Object in the work of Lacan and Freud
Chapter Six:
The Environment of Loss: Klein, Bowlby and Object Relations Theory
Chapter Seven:
Facing It: Contemporary Ethical Theory and Mourning
Conclusion:
One September, An Essay on Singularity.

About the Author

Dr William Watkin is Lecturer in Literature at Brunel University, West London. He is author of In the Process of Poetry: The New York School (Bucknell UP, 2001) along with numerous articles in the fields of contemporary poetry, literary theory and the avant-garde. He is currently working on his third book, a critical, theoretical overview of postmodern poetry.

Reviews

A timely, wide-ranging, nimbly cross-disciplinary study of a subject that is of compelling interest…the strength of this book is its fertile, far-ranging, theoretically rich treatment of the central questions of grief and mourning in contemporary culture.
- Jahan Ramazani, Department of English Literature, University of Virginia