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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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We wish to thank the scholars who contributed their original essays for this volume. Without their participation, collaboration, and gracious patience, this book would not exist. Thanks are also due to Glory Castello, Abigail Crain, Rachel Hayes, Rebecca Klussman, and Jessica Kostelic for proofreading and copyediting service, and to Curtis McClain for assisting us with the page-setting of the whole file. We express sincere gratitude to Dr. Ginny Lewis, our series editor, whose meticulous reading of the final draft enhanced the quality of this book. It was also a delight to work with the acquisitions editor at Peter Lang, Michelle Salyga, who expertly guided us through the final process of publishing this volume. Finally, we are grateful to Missouri Baptist University for its support of this project.

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