The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy - Oxford Handbooks (Hardback)
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The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy - Oxford Handbooks (Hardback)

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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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199228133
Number of pages: 738
Weight: 1404 g
Dimensions: 252 x 178 x 45 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Exploring the whole terrain from metrical variations in the elegiac couplet, cross-cultural or transatlantic transfigurations or the genre, through to elegiac representations in the visual arts including paintings and photographs, the volume gains exceptional academic breadth * Miwa Saito, Notes and Queries *
The sheer historical breadth and generic scope of the Handbook invite the reader to draw links between fields. * Sally Connolly, Times Literary Supplement *
[an] excellent volume ... In addition to providing the reader with a full and engaging history of how elegy works and might function, the volume also fulfills one of the primary objectives of Oxfords Handbook series: to offer pioneering scholarship in the subject addressed. * Emma Mason, Literature and Theology *
a full and engaging history of how elegy works and might function. ... presents the general reader with a compass of different perspectives and subjects to which elegy speaks, as well as providing scholars with a valuable sourcebook of resources and references. * Emma Mason, Literature and Theology *

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