Death in American Texts and Performances

Death in American Texts and Performances

Author: Mark Pizzato

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317154440

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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How do twentieth and twenty-first century artists bring forth the powerful reality of death when it exists in memory and lived experience as something that happens only to others? Death in American Texts and Performances takes up this question to explore the modern and postmodern aesthetics of death. Working between and across genres, the contributors examine literary texts and performance media, including Robert Lowell's For the Union Dead, Luis Valdez' Dark Root of a Scream, Amiri Baraka's Dutchman, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, John Edgar Wideman's The Cattle Killing, Toni Morrison's Sula and Song of Solomon, Don DeLillo's White Noise and Falling Man, and HBO's Six Feet Under. As the contributors struggle to convey the artist's crisis of representation, they often locate the dilemma in the gap between artifice and nature, where loss is performed and where re-membering is sometimes literally reenacted through the bodily gesture. While artists confront the impossibility of total recovery or transformation, so must the contributors explore the gulf between real corpses and their literary or performative reconstructions. Ultimately, the volume shows both artist and critic grappling with the dilemma of showing how the aesthetics of death as absence is made meaningful in and by language.
Death in American Texts and Performances
Language: en
Pages: 228
Authors: Mark Pizzato
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-13 - Publisher: Routledge

How do twentieth and twenty-first century artists bring forth the powerful reality of death when it exists in memory and lived experience as something that happens only to others? Death in American Texts and Performances takes up this question to explore the modern and postmodern aesthetics of death. Working between
Death in American Texts and Performances
Language: en
Pages: 228
Authors: Mark Pizzato
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-13 - Publisher: Routledge

How do twentieth and twenty-first century artists bring forth the powerful reality of death when it exists in memory and lived experience as something that happens only to others? Death in American Texts and Performances takes up this question to explore the modern and postmodern aesthetics of death. Working between
Death in Contemporary Popular Culture
Language: en
Pages: 254
Authors: Adriana Teodorescu, Michael Hviid Jacobsen
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-12-20 - Publisher: Routledge

With intense and violent portrayals of death becoming ever more common on television and in cinema and the growth of death-centric movies, series, texts, songs, and video clips attracting a wide and enthusiastic global reception, we might well ask whether death has ceased to be a taboo. What makes thanatic
Visions of Tragedy in Modern American Drama
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: David Palmer
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-02-08 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

This volume responds to a renewed focus on tragedy in theatre and literary studies to explore conceptions of tragedy in the dramatic work of seventeen canonical American playwrights. For students of American literature and theatre studies, the assembled essays offer a clear framework for exploring the work of many of
Death Representations in Literature
Language: en
Pages: 450
Authors: Adriana Teodorescu
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-01-12 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

If the academic field of death studies is a prosperous one, there still seems to be a level of mistrust concerning the capacity of literature to provide socially relevant information about death and to help improve the anthropological understanding of how culture is shaped by the human condition of mortality.