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Death's Door Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve A Cultural Study Free download ✓ 105 ß Prominent critic poet and memoirist Sandra M Gilbert explores our relationship to death though literature history poetry and societal practices Does death change;and if it does how has it changed in the laOur thinking about mortality More recently did the catastrophe of 911 alter our modes of mourning And are there at the same time aspects of grief that barely change from age to age Seneca wrote Anyone can stop a man's life but no one his death; a thousand doors open on to it This inevitability has left varying marks on all human cu. If you are interested in how modern humans approach dying and grief through poetry then this is a great read

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Ltures Exploring expressions of faith burial customs photographs poems and memoirs acclaimed author Sandra M Gilbert brings to the topic of death the critical skill that won her fame for The Madwoman in the Attic and other books as she examines both the changelessness of grief and the changing customs that mark contemporary mourning. For me a ualified really liked it Exhaustively researched but a bit too much of an academic read for most people I imagine Gilbert is a fine poet and her inuiries into the work of poets such as Plath Dickinson and Whitman are profound; it's also an intriguing idea to explore the how of the ways modern grieving developed through several avenues She looks at psychology social attitudes war religion science politics and literature and how all of these including economic impulses and media have contributed to current US cultural concepts of the best way to die or even to talk about death in mixed companyAll the same I found much of the prose tedioustoo many direct uotes suashed together as evidence a peculiar chronology and some repetition of key ideas that the scholarly reader doesn't need Her examination of our ambiguous fraught embarrassed attitudes is welcome even spot on I'd nevertheless prefer a prose with fewer rhetorical uestions Maybe the problem for me is her attempt to bring in the personal with the scholarly those readers who prefer the former may want to read her memoir Wrongful Death insteadFor nerdy types interested in philosophy poetry and sociology her bibliography is to die for My to read list is now about 30 books longer than it was

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Death's Door Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve A Cultural StudyProminent critic poet and memoirist Sandra M Gilbert explores our relationship to death though literature history poetry and societal practices Does death change;and if it does how has it changed in the last century And how have our experiences and expressions of grief changed Did the traumas of Hiroshima and the Holocaust transform. One would expect that a book that calls itself Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve would discuss just such things Perhaps it would be an anthropological study or as the misleading library information on its credits page suggests explore the “social aspects” of death Instead Death’s Door is an uneasy mixture of literary analysis and personalI hesitate to say essay because the thoughts events and remembrances in the memoir like portions of the book are rarely complete It is as if the author is driven to confess the dark thoughts that plagued her after her husband’s death and yet can’t bring herself to actually provide the reader with enough information to actually grasp what happened to him and how she felt about it Or perhaps having covered that information in another book she didn’t feel the need to recap it hereEither way the personal parts of each chapter are much compelling than the readings Gilbert offers of the snatches of poems reprinted here The usual suspects are trotted out again and again Thomas Hardy Sylvia Plath D H Lawrence William Carlos Williams She has limited herself to poetry and occasionally prose that directly addresses the author’s loss Why that means she’s limited to analyzing work that is generally 50 years old or is less clear She references Paul Monette and some of the other survivors of the AIDS plague without giving them as much weight as heterosexual survivors from earlier in the century What this means then is that Gilbert’s definition of modern does not mirror mine She mentions the effects of 911 on modern American only in the Preface and again in her final chapter but the reference feels like an afterthought perhaps suggested by an editor in an attempt to attach the book to the presentTaking the book as it stands I would have preferred to read the source poems Gilbert discusses rather than picking my way through her selected passages — a line here a stanza there I feel that I don’t know enough context from the poems or from the poets’ lives to know if the citations actually fit Gilbert’s theories And because she won’t be honest about her own life I don’t trust her to be honest in what she’s sharingAlthough I have a reasonably large library devoted to death dying and grief — including several anthologies of poetry on the subject — I did not find Death’s Door Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve a useful addition of my collection Perhaps if you’re a death obsessed English major who misses the days of being lectured to this is the book for you Otherwise don’t be lured by its title