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The Final Crossing

Death and Dying in Literature


Edited By John J. Han and Clark C. Triplett

Since ancient times, writers and poets have grappled with death, dying, grief, and mourning in their works. The Final Crossing: Death and Dying in Literature compiles fifteen in-depth, scholarly, and original essays on death and dying in literature from around the globe and from different time periods. Written from a variety of critical perspectives, the essays target both scholars and serious students. Death and dying is an important area of study for a variety of disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, sociology, gerontology, medical ethics, healthcare science, health law, and literary studies. The Final Crossing is a landmark compendium of academic essays on death and dying in literary texts, such as the Iliad, Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān, Hamlet, The Secret Garden, and The Grapes of Wrath. This collection of essays not only brings an international flavor, but also a unique angularity to the discourse on thanatology. The novelty of perspectives reflects the diverse cultural and intellectual backgrounds of the contributors. This diversity opens up a fresh conversation on a number of age-old questions related to «the final crossing.» In this volume, readers will find an intriguing array of topics for further reflection and research.
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About the Contributors


James Brown is an associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. He taught film and literature at Middlesex University, and politics and sociology at Birkbeck. He currently teaches for IES Abroad. He has published on science fiction, romanticism, and literature on film. With Sam Ashenden, he co-edited a 2014 special issue of Economy and Society on guilt. They also convene the Birkbeck Guilt Group:

Daniela Chana, born in 1985 in Vienna, Austria, holds a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Vienna. She is an author of fiction and art curator. As an independent scholar, she presented the outcome of her research at academic conferences in Oxford, London, Stockholm, Prague, and Salzburg. Her paper “Perversion, Madness and Crime in Young Italian Literature” has recently been published in the volume Madness, Women, and the Power of Art, edited by Laura Gonzalez and Frances Davies (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013). Her short stories and poems have been published in various international literary journals and anthologies.

Debra L. Cumberland is a professor of English at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. She is the co-editor of Siblings and Autism: Stories Spanning Generations and Cultures (Jessica Kingsley Press) and the editor of Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark (Rodopi). Her articles, stories, and essays have appeared in many journals and essay collections, such as American Literary Realism, The Laurel Review, and Natural Bridge. Cumberland received her ← 237 | 238 → B.A. from Carleton...

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