Ambrose Bierce and the Dance of Death Sharon Talley

ISBN: 9786613098436

Published: December 15th 2009

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180 pages


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Ambrose Bierce and the Dance of Death  by  Sharon Talley

Ambrose Bierce and the Dance of Death by Sharon Talley
December 15th 2009 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 180 pages | ISBN: 9786613098436 | 6.30 Mb

Ambrose Bierce and the Dance of Death uses psychoanalytic theory in combination with historical, cultural, and literary contexts to examine the complex motif of death in a full range of Bierces writings. Scholarly interest in Bierce, whose workMoreAmbrose Bierce and the Dance of Death uses psychoanalytic theory in combination with historical, cultural, and literary contexts to examine the complex motif of death in a full range of Bierces writings.

Scholarly interest in Bierce, whose work has long been undervalued, has grown significantly in recent years. This new book contributes to the ongoing reassessment by providing new contexts for joining the texts in his canon in meaningful ways.Previous attempts to consider Bierce from a psychological perspective have been superficial, often reductive Freudian readings of individual stories such as An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and The Death of Halpin Frayser. This new volume not only updates these interpretations with insights from post-Freudian theorists but uses contemporary death theory as a framework to analyze the sources and expressions of Bierces attitudes about death and dying.

This approach makes it possible to discern links among texts that resolve some of the still puzzling ambiguities that have-until now-precluded a fuller understanding of both the man and his writings.Lively and engaging, Ambrose Bierce and the Dance of Death adds valuable new insights not only to the study of Bierce but to that of nineteenth-century American literature in general.



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