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The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy

Edited by Karen Weisman

Volume 1, issue Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199228133
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199228133.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy

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The Oxford Handbook of The Elegy examines the mourning and memorialization that lies at the very centre of literary culture. 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 text is a 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 underway in elegy studies. This volume is timely, since in recent years there has been an 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.

Keywords: AIDS elegies; cancer elegies; war elegies; ethics; philosophy; political structure; Gregory Nagy; Stuart Curran; Romantic elegy; Elizabeth Helsinger

Book.  736 pages. 

Subjects: Literature

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy

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Ancient Greek Elegy in The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy

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Late Roman Elegy in The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy

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Not What it was in The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy

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