Modernism and Mourning

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Patricia Rae
Bucknell University Press, 2007 - Literary Collections - 310 pages
The essays in Modernism and Mourning examine the work of mourning in modernist literature, or more precisely, its propensity for resisting this work. 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 work through 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 work of mourning a subject of widespread interest and debate. Patricia Rae is Head of the Department of English at Queen's University.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Modernist Mourning
13
Toward Survivable Public Mourning
50
The Evolution of Mourning in Siegfried Sassoons War Writing
69
Race Memorialization and Modernism in US Interwar Literature
85
Mourning and Jazz in the Poetry of Mina Loy
102
Ultramodernitys Mourning at the Little Review 191720
118
The Theory and Praxis of Death in the Poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca
136
Mourning World War One and Dorothy L Sayers
185
D H Lawrence Collective Mourning and Cultural Reconstruction after World War I
198
Proleptic Elegy and the End of Arcadianism in 1930s Britain
213
Contemporary Mourning Theory Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby and the Politics of Unfinished Grief
239
Elizabeth Bowen and the Modern Unhomely
260
The Gift of Forgiveness in HD
271
When There Are So Many We Shall Have To Mourn
286
Contributors
296

Life after War in Ford Madox Fords The Last Post
154
The Failure to Mourn in Faulkners Sartoris
168

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