Discourses on the Edges of Life

| Universitat Jaume I
| Universitat Jaume I
| Louis Dundas Centre For Children’s Palliative Care, Institute of Child Health, University College London, Hunter College, City University of New York
ISBN 9789027205377 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027261373 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
Death inhabits our collective imaginary, even though sometimes, like a squatter, it hides discretely in order to avoid conflicts. It is undoubtedly a multi-faceted subject of study, which requires consideration from an interdisciplinary perspective.

This book deals with this phenomenon, and more specifically with the discourses that surround – and construct our perspectives and understanding of – death and dying. Of course, the present volume does not attempt to be exhaustive, and considers the subject from several standpoints, including linguistics, anthropology, history of medicine, and importantly, literary studies. It combines various points of view and different methodologies of knowledge, in the hope that they come together to constitute a written dialogue –or more precisely, a polylogue.

The ordering of the texts in this volume provides readers with an itinerary that begins with more general approaches, such as a historical presentation of the medicalisation of death and an in-depth reflection on the best way to die, and ends with studies of specific literary works from different periods.

The itinerary that this book provides is framed by a discourse analysis-based overview that explores how different approaches to death and dying intersect and complement each other in an interdisciplinary endeavour. This analysis focuses on literary and non-literary genres in order to shed some new light on a topic that is inexhaustible because of its sociocultural relevance.
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature, 26]  2020.  vi, 196 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Presentation: Discourses on death and dying
Vicent Salvador, Adéla Kotátková and Ignasi Clemente
Section I. Three disciplinary approaches to the subject of death
Death: From myth to the laboratory
Josep Lluis Barona
Moral ortothanasia and the right to die: A multinarrative approach
Fernando Lolas Stepke
In the wake of loss: Grief, mourning and bereavement
Beatriz Gil-Juliá and Rafael Ballester-Arnal
Section II. Discourse analysis in health settings
The gift of continuing to live in the body of someone else: The discourse on organ transplants in Spanish press
Antonio M. Bañón Hernández
Giving meaning to illness and death: End-of-life approaches in online stories by adolescents and young adults with cancer
Martí Domínguez and Lucía Sapiña
Religion, collusion, and “fighting” Pediatric cancer end-of-life discourses in Catalonia, Spain
Ignasi Clemente
Rhetoric of death in clinical case reports and clinical tales
Adéla Kotátková
Section III. Death in literary texts
‘Letters to Lucilius’ and death: A self-help book written by Seneca
David Pujante
Montaigne, the essay and the end of life
John Skelton
Memory, mothers and post-Freudian melancholia in Mercè Rodoreda’s ‘Night and Fog’
Montserrat Lunati I Maruny
The scenography of death in contemporary poetry: The case of Vicent Andrés Estellés
Vicent Salvador and Irene Mira
Beyond the limits of death: Consciousness without bodies and simulacra of human beings in Science Fiction
Sara Molpeceres
“This book combines the epistemological interests of psychology, history of medicine, ethnography, ethics, language sciences, and literary criticism.”
“This volume’s contribution to knowledge is undeniable: especially for its insistence on aspects such as narrativity, the sociocultural construction of beliefs and practices related to death, and the progressive medicalization in today's world.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies


BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019055090 | Marc record