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Oxford Handbook of the Elegy (Karen Weisman (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2010) 9780199228133
Oxford Handbook of the Elegy (Karen Weisman (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2010) 9780199228133
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Title: The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy

Author: Weisman, Karen (ed)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199228133

Volumes: 1; Pages: 576

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Mourning and memorialization are at the very centre of literary culture. They take on forms deeply resonant of the sundry traditions of poetic elegy even when those elegiac conventions are displaced, concealed, or plainly unintentional. For all of its pervasiveness, however, the "elegy" remains remarkably ill-defined: sometimes used as a catch-all to denominate texts of a somber or pessimistic tone, sometimes as a marker for textual monumentalizing, and sometimes strictly as a sign of a lament for the dead. This Handbook is the single most comprehensive study of its subject. It provides both a historical survey and a thematic engagement with the relevant issues in elegy. It is responsive to a pressing need for clarification of the relevant issues, and to the exciting developments currently under way in elegy studies.Such a volume is especially timely, since in recent years there has been a veritable explosion in interest in elegies about AIDS, cancer, and war; various reconsiderations of the role of women in the history of elegiac writing; and readings of elegy in relation to ethics, philosophy and theory, and political structure.With 38 chapters by leading specialists, ranging from Gregory Nagy's reconsideration of Ancient Greek elegy through Stuart Curran's novel engagement with Romantic elegiac hybridity, and on to Elizabeth Helsinger's consideration of elegy and painting, this Handbook offers groundbreaking scholarship and remarkable historical breadth.Features* Thirty-eight specially written contributions by leading experts* Discussion of elegy ranging from Ancient Greek and Roman through Early Modern, Romantic, Modernist, to contemporary* Explores a variety of forms including poetry, drama, and the visual artsTable of ContentsINTRODUCTION Karen WeismanHISTORY1. Ancient Greek Elegy, Gregory Nagy2. 'What's Love Got to Do With It?': The Peculiar Story of Elegy in Rome, Paul Allen Miller3. Lamentation and Lament in the Hebrew Bible, Edward L. Greenstein4. Late Roman Elegy, Michael Roberts5. Not What It Was: The World of Old English Elegy, Andy Orchard6. The Consolations of Philosophy: Later Medieval Elegy, Jamie Fumo7. Nation and History: The Emergence of the English Pastoral Elegy, William Watterson8. Classical Love Elegy in the Renaissance (and After), Gordon Braden9. The Funeral Elegy in Early Modern Britain: A Brief History, Lorna Clymer10. Elegies in Country Churchyards: The Prospect Poem In and Around the Eighteenth Century, Helen Deutsch11. New World Frontiers: The American Puritan Elegy, Jeffery Hammond12. American Constitutional Elegy, Max Cavitch13. Romantic Elegiac Hybridity, Stuart Curran14. The Dark Ecology of Elegy, Timothy Morton15. Victoria Dressed in Black: Poetry in An Elegiac Age, Erik Gray16. In the Tense of Decadence: Modernist Elegy and the Great War, Vincent Sherry17. 'Between the Bullet and the Lie': British Elegy Between the Wars, Patricia Rae18. Fresh Woods: Elegy and Ecology Among the Ruins, Bonnie Costello19. 'That the People Might Live': Notes Toward a Study of Native American Elegy, Arnold Krupat20. Elegies Upon the Dying, Sandra Gilbert21. Attending to AIDS: Elegy's Rendez-Vous with Testimonial, Ross Chambers22. Kaddish: Jewish American Elegy Post -1945, Maeera Y. Shreiber23. The Contemporary Anti-Elegy, R. Clifton SpargoKNOWLEDGE, THEME AND PRACTICE24. Women's Elegy: Early Modern, Lauren Shohet25. 'Anguish No Cessation Knows': Elegy and the British Woman Poet, Anne K. Mellor26. Women's Elegies, 1834--Present: Female Authorship and the Affective Politics of Grief, Anita Helle27. 'Lett me Not Pyne for Poverty': Maternal Elegy in Early Modern England, Lisa Schnell28. Between Men: Literary History and the Work of Mourning, Jonathan Goldberg29. Elegy in English Drama, 1590-1640, Jonathan Crewe30. Post Coitum Triste: Elegiac Sexuality in Drama, 1700-1800,, Catherine Burroughs31. Mourning Modernity: Classical Antiquity, Romantic Theory, and Elegiac Form, Thomas Pfau32. Elegy and the Gothic: The Common Grounds, Jerrold E. Hogle33. Moving Pictures at the Edge of Stasis: Elegy and the Elegiac in Film, Paul Coates34. Nationalism, Transnationalism, and the Poetry of Mourning,, Jahan Ramazani35. Museum Elegies, Eric Gidal36. The War Memorial as Elegy, Kirk Savage37. Grieving Images: Elegy and the Visual Arts, Elizabeth Helsinger38. On Photographic Elegy, Josh Ellenbogen
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