By David Kennedy

Grief and mourning are as a rule thought of to be deepest, but common instincts. yet in a media age of televised funerals and visual bereavement, elegies are more and more major and open to public scrutiny. supplying an summary of the historical past of the time period and the several ways that it's used, David Kennedy:

  • outlines the origins of elegy, and the features of the genre
  • examines the psychology and cultural history underlying works of mourning
  • explores how the trendy elegy has developed, and the way it differs from ‘canonical elegy’, additionally taking a look at lady elegists and feminist readings
  • considers the elegy within the mild of writing via theorists similar to Jacques Derrida and Catherine Waldby
  • looks on the elegy in modern writing, and especially at the way it has emerged and been tailored as a reaction to terrorist assaults comparable to 9/11.

Emphasising and explaining the importance of elegy this present day, this illuminating advisor to an emotive literary style could be of curiosity to scholars of literature, media and culture.

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