Over her dead body: Death, femininity and the aesthetic

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Manchester University Press, Jun 1, 2017 - Literary Criticism - 460 pages
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 White to Frankenstein. The text is richly illustrated throughout with thirty-seven paintings and photographs.


Part II From animate body to inanimate text
Part III Strategies of translation mitigation and exchange
Part IV Stabilising the ambivalence of repetition
Aporias of resistance

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Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich

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