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By Adriana Teodorescu

If the educational box of loss of life experiences is a wealthy one, there nonetheless looks a degree of distrust in regards to the skill of literature to supply socially proper information regarding loss of life and to aid increase the anthropological realizing of ways tradition is formed through the human situation of mortality. in addition, the connection among literature and dying has a tendency to be trivialized, within the experience that demise representations are interpreted in an over-aestheticized demeanour. As such, this strategy has a propensity to contemplate dying in literature to be major just for literary stories, and offers upward push to yes continual cliches, equivalent to the ability of literature to annihilate dying. This quantity overcomes such stereotypes, and divulges the nice power of literary stories to supply clean and exact methods of interrogating dying as a gentle and unavoidable human fact and as an ever-continuing socio-cultural development. the amount brings jointly researchers from a number of countries--the united states, the united kingdom, France, Poland, New Zealand, Canada, India, Germany, Greece, and Romania--with various educational backgrounds in fields as various as literature, paintings historical past, social stories, criminology, musicology, and cultural reviews, and gives solutions to questions similar to: What are the beneficial properties of dying representations in convinced literary genres? Is it attainable to talk of an homogeneous imaginative and prescient of dying when it comes to a few literary events? How do writers understand, think, and describe their demise via their own diaries, or how do they metabolize the demise of the "significant others" via their writings? To what quantity does the literary illustration of dying check with the extra-fictional, socio-historically developed "Death"? Is it ethical to symbolize demise in kid's literature? What are the diversities and similarities among representing loss of life in literature and loss of life representations in different attached fields? Are metaphors and literary representations of loss of life varieties of loss of life denial, or, to the contrary, a extra insightful manner of shooting the which means of loss of life?

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It is a time of a reversed order, when the previous course of everyday life is suspended. It is also a long moment for discussing what is really important. For the author it was a time of dealing with the experience of dying, death and mourning of the closest person. She expresses this through words which are more difficult to extract but which provide the only means to go through the period. I find it difficult to write. It has always been difficult. With every sentence I feel that the probability of failure is higher.

The reader has an opportunity to confront her or his words with their own experience, with the defeat that death brings, another battle whose result is predetermined, and with the time whose horizon is marked with departure from this world. “A long shadow of death. In the haste of the 21st civilization, we decline to notice death. We bashfully pass over it, we hide it, deny that it exists and thus that it can get us” (TuszyĔska 2007, 220) – these words of Agata TuszyĔska confirm the contemporary attitude towards death.

Analogously, Roland Barthes and Agata TuszyĔska try to find for their traumatic situation an intellectual justification which might soothe their pain but also transform and channel their emotions. The author of “Mythologies”, as he underscored it many times, treated Marcel Proust as a model of how to experience mourning. ” (Barthes 2010, 156) One cannot talk about “Mourning Diary” without making reference to the last book of Roland Barthes, published during the author’s life time, which he managed to edit meticulously and arrange neatly and which turned out to be his last will.

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