Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and (Un)representability

Edited by Tristanne Connolly
Publisher: Intellect, The University of Chicago Press; Intellect Book Catalogue
ISBN: 9781841503226

ISBN: 9781841503226

An interdisciplinary collection of essays on the medical and social articulation of death, this anthology considers to what extent a subject as elusive as death can be examined. Though it touches us all, we can perceive it only in life — with the predictable result that we treat it either as a clinical or social problem to be managed or as a phenomenon to be studied quantitatively.

This volume goes beyond these models to question self-reflexively how the management of death is organized and motivated and the ways that death is at once feared and embraced. Drawing on the very latest in the medical humanities, Spectacular Death gives us an enlightening new perspective on death from the classical world to the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors

Classical Death: Comedy and Tragedy
Alan Blum: Life, Death and the In-Between: The Duck-Rabbit/The Face of the Clown
Kieran Bonner: The Illness of Hope, the Cure of Truth and the Difference of Principle: A Reflexive Analysis of Antigone’s and Meursault’s Confrontation with Death

Enlightenment and Romanticism: Aestheticizing the Corpse
Morgan Tunzelmann: Reflexive Vectors: Art, Anatomy and Death in Cowper and Gamelin
Tristanne Connolly: “Mother of Unworthy Woe”: Infant Death and Sentimental Maternity in British Romantic Women’s Poetry and Midwifery Books
Jan Plecash: Speaking of Death: Remembrance and Lamentation

Memorialization and the City
Mike Follert: Enjoyment’s Petrification: The Luxor Obelisk in a Melancholy Century
Marta Marín-Dòmine: Barcelona, In Memoriam: The Tension Between Urban Renovation and the Past
Elke Grenzer: Jewish Victims and German Youth: Questions of Pedagogy and Responsibility at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
Kevin Dowler: X Marks the Spot: New Orleans Under Erasure
Stephen Svenson and Cory Ruf: Life and Death in New Orleans: Disaster Tours Imagined

Policy: Border Control Between Life and Death
Diego Llovet: Hope and Resignation in Medical Care: When Doctors Go to Court to Terminate Patient Treatment
Saeed Hydaralli: Life-threatening (Anaphylactic) Food Allergies: School Life, Health and Well-being

Live Deaths and Afterlives
Ariane Hanemaayer: Game Death: Fantasy and Mastery in Scenario Paintball
Elizabeth C. Effinger: Delirous Exhibitionism: Negotiating Technologies in Timothy Leary’s Live Death
Peter McHugh: How the Dead Circulate (In Life)


Publication Date: August 2010