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MOURNING, MELANCHOLY AND THE MILLENNIUM IN MARTIN JAY, JULIA KRISTEVA AND PABLO NERUDA

Jill E Albada Jelgersma

in Literature and Theology

Volume 13, issue 1, pages 34-45
Published in print March 1999 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 1999 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/13.1.34
MOURNING, MELANCHOLY AND THE MILLENNIUM IN MARTIN JAY, JULIA KRISTEVA AND PABLO NERUDA

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Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and 1971 Nobel prize-winner, wrote two late poems, ‘Un perro ha muerto’ (A Dog has Died), and ‘Celebratiòn (del año 2000)’ (‘Celebration of the year 2000’), which tackle the problem of mourning and the Millennium, respectively. However, these poems also show traces of a wistfully Christian referent, in which the process of writing emerges as the symbolic manifestation of mourning, within the semiotic rhythms of poetry. I link my analysis of the poems to the approach to mourning and melancholy as an apocalyptic, discursive field by Martin Jay, and to the work of Julia Kristeva on the function of mourning and melancholy in painting and literature.

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