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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 Editors


John J. Han is Professor of English & Creative Writing and Chair of the Humanities Division at Missouri Baptist University. He is editor of Wise Blood: A Re- Consideration (Rodopi, 2011), Intégrité: A Faith and Learning Journal, and Cantos: A Literary and Arts Journal. His articles have appeared in many journals and essay collections, such as Journal of Transnational American Studies, Kansas English, Mark Twain Studies, Literature and Belief, The Moral Philosophy of John Steinbeck, Steinbeck Studies, The Steinbeck Review, and Ethics, Literature, & Theory. In addition to four haiku collections, he has published numerous poems in periodicals and anthologies worldwide, including Frogpond, The Laurel Review, Modern Haiku, Valley Voices, and World Haiku Review. A native of South Korea, he earned his M.A. and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, respectively. In addition to MBU, he has taught at KSU, UNL, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

C. Clark Triplett is Vice President for Graduate Studies and Academic Program Review and Professor of Psychology/Sociology at Missouri Baptist University. He earned an A.A. from Hannibal-LaGrange College, a B.A. from Southwest Baptist University, an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, an M.S.Ed. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. He also studied at Concordia Seminary, the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, and the Harvard Institutes. A licensed counselor, he has published academic articles and book reviews in Intégrité: A Faith...

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