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Last Things: Essays on Ends and Endings


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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About the Editors

About the Editors


Gavin Hopps is Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews (United Kingdom). His research concentrates on romantic literature and popular music. Stella Neumann is Professor of English Linguistics at RWTH Aachen (Germany). Her research interests include register variation, empirical methods and translation studies.Sven Strasen is Senior Lecturer at RWTH Aachen. His research focuses on reception theories and cognitive literary studies. Peter Wenzel is Professor of English Literature at RWTH Aachen and has published on literary theory.

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