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Last Things: Essays on Ends and Endings


Edited By Gavin Hopps, Stella Neumann, Sven Strasen and Peter Wenzel

This multidisciplinary collection brings together scholars from the fields of literature, theology and linguistics who question and extend our taken-for-granted conceptions of The End. It focuses on the ways in which endings are formally signaled in literature, and sets these alongside parallel studies in journalism and film. However, it is also concerned with larger philosophical and historical notions of closure, impermanence, rupture and apocalypse as well as the possibilities of «posthumous» being. It gives examples from fairytales, Byron, Longfellow, Dillard, Barnes and South African writers.
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Unexpected Endings: Eucatastrophic Consolations in Literature and Theology: Trevor Hart (St Andrews)


Trevor Hart (St Andrews)

Death has been swallowed up in victory …

Where, O death, is your sting?2


This chapter argues that Christian hope is of a eucatastrophic sort. Thus, despite its unambiguously joyful ending, the Christian story itself resonates deeply with the insights of tragic art rather than eschewing them as some have suggested.

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