Modernism and Mourning

Modernism and Mourning

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The essays in Modernism and Mourning examine the qwork of mourningq in modernist literature, or more precisely, its propensity for qresistingq this qwork.q Drawing from recent developments in the theory and cultural history of mourning, its contributors explore the various ways in which modernist writers repudiate Freud's famous injunction to mourners to qwork throughq their grief, endorsing instead a resistant, or melancholic mourning that shapes both their themes and their radical experiments with form. The emerging picture of the pervasive influence of melancholic mourning in modernist literature casts new light on longstanding critical arguments, especially those about the politics of modernism. It also makes clear the pertinence of this literature to the present day, in which the catastrophic losses of 9/11, of retaliatory war, of racially motivated genocide, of the AIDS epidemic, have made the qwork of mourningq a subject of widespread interest and debate. Patricia Rae is Head of the Department of English at Queen's University.... aquot;maybe sorcery, maybe witchcraftaquot;: aquot;The apple-peeling might or might not make a letter, S as likely as not or nothing. It was just for fun.aquot;22 Finally, the mature H.D. muses about the sign for a question mark aquot;?aquot; as a backward aquot;S.aquot; She points toanbsp;...

Title:Modernism and Mourning
Author:Patricia Rae
Publisher:Bucknell University Press - 2007


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