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Death in American texts and performances : corpses, ghosts, and the reanimated dead

Author: Lisa K Perdigao; Mark Pizzato
Publisher: Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2010.
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"How do twentieth and twenty-first century artists bring forth the powerful reality of death when it exists in memory and lived experience as something that happens only to others? Death in American Texts and Performances takes up this question to explore the modern and postmodern aesthetics of death. Working between and across genres, the contributors examine literary texts and performance media, including Robert  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa K Perdigao; Mark Pizzato
ISBN: 9780754669074 0754669076 9780754696025 0754696022
OCLC Number: 367410501
Notes: UNC Charlotte Libraries notes:
A representation of death in an anti-Vietnam war play by Luis Valdez: Dark root of a scream / Jorge A. Huerta -- Skins of desire in evolution: the black and white murder film, Dutchman / Mark Pizzato -- DeLillo, performance, and the denial of death / Jon D. Rossini -- Dust to dust and the spaces in between: Six feet under, The gate's ajar, and the meaning of death in American Christian theology / Alasdair Spark and Elizabeth Stuart -- Thorton Wilder's "Eternal present": ghosting and the grave body in act III of Our town / Anne Fletcher -- When ghosts dream: immigrant desire in Lan Samantha Chang's Hunger / Belinda Kong -- A return to memory, possibility, and life: the spirit of narrative in John Edgar Wideman's The cattle killing / Ian W. Wilson -- Ghosts of Proof in the mind's eye / Mark Pizzato -- "For the union dead": Robert Lowell's American necropolis / William S. Waddell -- Locating the front line: war, democracy, and the nation in Toni Morrison's Sula and Song of Solomon / Kathryn Nicol -- Televised death in Don DeLillo's America / Andrew J. Price -- "Everything now is measured by after": a postmortem for the twenty-first century / Lisa K. Perdigao.
"How do twentieth and twenty-first century artists bring forth the powerful reality of death when it exists in memory and lived experience as something that happens only to others? Death in American Texts and Performances takes up this question to explore the modern and postmodern aesthetics of death. Working between and across genres, the contributors examine literary texts and performance media, including Robert Lowell's Necropolis, Luis Valdez' Dark Root of a Scream, Amiri Baraka's Dutchman, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, John Edgar Wideman's The Cattle Killing, Toni Morrison's Sula and Song of Solomon, Don DeLillo's White Noise and Falling Man, and HBO's Six Feet Under. As the contributors struggle to convey the artist's crisis of representation, they often locate the dilemma in the gap between artifice and nature, where loss is performed and where remembering is sometimes literally reenacted through the bodily gesture. While artists confront the impossibility of total recovery or transformation, so must the contributors explore the gulf between real corpses and their literary or performative reconstructions. Ultimately, the volume shows both artist and critic grappling with the dilemma of showing how the aesthetics of death as absence is made meaningful in and by language."--BOOK JACKET.
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Description: ix, 216 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: A representation of death in an anti-Vietnam war play by Luis Valdez: Dark root of a scream / Jorge A. Huerta --
Skins of desire in evolution: the black and white murder film, Dutchman / Mark Pizzato --
DeLillo, performance, and the denial of death / Jon D. Rossini --
Dust to dust and the spaces in between: Six feet under, The gate's ajar, and the meaning of death in American Christian theology / Alasdair Spark and Elizabeth Stuart --
Thorton Wilder's "Eternal present": ghosting and the grave body in act III of Our town / Anne Fletcher --
When ghosts dream: immigrant desire in Lan Samantha Chang's Hunger / Belinda Kong --
A return to memory, possibility, and life: the spirit of narrative in John Edgar Wideman's The cattle killing / Ian W. Wilson --
Ghosts of Proof in the mind's eye / Mark Pizzato --
"For the union dead": Robert Lowell's American necropolis / William S. Waddell --
Locating the front line: war, democracy, and the nation in Toni Morrison's Sula and Song of Solomon / Kathryn Nicol --
Televised death in Don DeLillo's America / Andrew J. Price --
"Everything now is measured by after": a postmortem for the twenty-first century / Lisa K. Perdigao.
Responsibility: edited by Lisa K. Perdigao and Mark Pizzato.
Local System Bib Number:
.b28383230

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