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Western Attitudes Toward Death

Author: Philippe Ariès
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 142140057X
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Reveals the change in Western man's conception and acceptance of death as evidenced in customs, literature, and art since medieval times.

The Conversation

Author: Angelo E. Volandes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1620408546
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Harvard Medical School physician Angelo Volandes offers a solution to traumatic end-of-life care: talking, medicine's oldest and least technological tool in the proverbial black bag.

Singing Death

Author: Helen Dell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315302098
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Death is an unanswerable question for humanity, the question that always remains unanswered because it lies beyond human experience. Music represents one of the most profound ways in which humanity struggles, nevertheless, to accommodate death within the scope of the living by giving a voice to death and the dead and a voice that responds. This book engages with the question of how music expresses and responds to the profound existential disturbance that death and loss present to the living. Each chapter offers readers an encounter with music as a way of speaking or responding to human mortality. Each chapter, in its own way, addresses these questions: How are death and the dead made present to us through music? How does music, as composed, performed and heard, respond to the brute fact of death for the living, the dying and the bereaved? These questions are addressed from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives: musicology, ethnomusicology, literature, history, philosophy, film studies, psychology and psychoanalysis. Singing Death also covers a wide range of musical genres from medieval love song to twenty-first-century horror film music. The collection is accompanied by a website including some of the music associated with each of its chapters.

The Death Class

Author: Erika Hayasaki
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451642946
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A journalist details how Norma Bowe, the professor of a popular class on the stages of dying, death, and bereavement at Kean University in New Jersey, shows her students how to truly heal and live their lives through contemplating the end.

Dreams Visions And Spiritual Authority In Merovingian Gaul

Author: Isabel Moreira
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801436611
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In early medieval Europe, dreams and visions were believed to reveal divine information about Christian life and the hereafter. No consensus existed, however, as to whether all Christians, or only a spiritual elite, were entitled to have a relationship of this sort with the supernatural. Drawing on a rich variety of sources—histories, hagiographies, ascetic literature, and records of dreams at saints' shrines—Isabel Moreira provides insight into a society struggling to understand and negotiate its religious visions.Moreira analyzes changing attitudes toward dreams and visionary experiences beginning in late antiquity, when the church hierarchy considered lay dreamers a threat to its claims of spiritual authority. Moreira describes how, over the course of the Merovingian period, the clergy came to accept the visions of ordinary folk—peasants, women, and children—as authentic.Dream literature and accounts of visionary experiences infiltrated all aspects of medieval culture by the eighth century, and the dreams of ordinary Christians became central to the clergy's pastoral concerns. Written in clear and inviting prose, this book enables readers to understand how the clerics of Merovingian Gaul allowed a Christian culture of dreaming to develop and flourish without compromising the religious orthodoxy of the community or the primacy of their own authority.

Death And Survival In The Book Of Job

Author: Dan Mathewson
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0567026922
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I interpret the Book of Job as literature of survival, reading the death imagery in Job as the complex articulation of traumatic experience.

A Social History Of Dying

Author: Allan Kellehear
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139461427
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Our experiences of dying have been shaped by ancient ideas about death and social responsibility at the end of life. From Stone Age ideas about dying as otherworld journey to the contemporary Cosmopolitan Age of dying in nursing homes, Allan Kellehear takes the reader on a 2 million year journey of discovery that covers the major challenges we will all eventually face: anticipating, preparing, taming and timing for our eventual deaths. This book, first published in 2007, is a major review of the human and clinical sciences literature about human dying conduct. The historical approach of this book places our recent images of cancer dying and medical care in broader historical, epidemiological and global context. Professor Kellehear argues that we are witnessing a rise in shameful forms of dying. It is not cancer, heart disease or medical science that presents modern dying conduct with its greatest moral tests, but rather poverty, ageing and social exclusion.

Romance Poetry And Surgical Sleep

Author: Emanuel Martin Papper
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294051
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Romantic notions of human rights and freedoms are shown to be related to the attitude changes toward pain and suffering that prepared the ground for the discovery and general use of anesthesiology in medicine.