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Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic

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In 1846, Edgar Allen Poe wrote that 'the death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetic topic in the world'. The conjuction of death, art and femininity forms a rich and disturbing strata of Western culture, explored here in fascinating detail by Elisabeth Bronfen. Her examples range from Carmen to Little Nell, from Wuthering Heights to Vertigo, from Snow W ...more
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Published October 1st 1992 by Manchester University Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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Ich habe nur einige Kapitel angelesen und finde das Thema hoch spannend und die Beispele Bronfens sehr erhellend. Leider nimmt die Entwicklung ihrer theoretischen Ansätze sehr großen Raum ein und ich hätte mich stärker nach Analysen direkt zu Texten von E. A. Poe, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, usw. gesehnt.
Eine Aussage gefiel mir ausgesprochen gut:
Ich widerspreche Barthes’ Idee vom Tod des Autors […:]. Denn der Impuls zu schreiben setzt immer auch ds Leben des Autors voraus, eine Unters
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Nov 18, 2011 Marjolein rated it really liked it
A very interesting book, though sometimes a bit hard to follow since it is invested with a lot of different theories (which are not always explained). However, this is the ideal book if you wish to know more about the perspectives on the beautiful female dead body.
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Elisabeth Bronfen (born 1958) is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich and, since 2007, Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. 2013 she co-curated the exhibition “Cleopatra. The Eternal Diva” at the Bundestkunst und Ausstellungshalle Bonn. She did her PhD at the University of Munich, on literary space in the work of Dorothy M. Richardson’s novel Pilg ...more
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