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Various cultures have different notions about death. Death is inevitable part of human life. In India, death is normalized as compared to western culture. It is believed that it is body which dies but soul remains immortal. Death never ends life. So, death is mentioned in classical and modern literature. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna speaks of births and deaths.
Dramas and films use dead bodies to explore fear, sex, greed, guilt, innocence and grief. In our novels, movies, and television shows, the corpse has a leading role. From Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus to Hitchcock’s Psycho to George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, dead bodies occupy positions of real power. We like to play with dead bodies and narrativize the stories of them as ‘real’ and ‘fascinating’.
What happens when there is a dead body on stage?
Why do corpses star in so many movies?
Why are we so fascinated and simultaneously repulsed by the dead body in literature?
How do writers treat dead bodies as characters, plot devices, and symbols?
How are corpses represented by writers such as Stephen King compared to other writers such as William Faulkner or Mary Shelley?
This book will seek to get answers from literature and its usage as primary vehicle for discussion. Although this book is about corpses, contributors will get a platform to anticipate lively discussions and a significant amount of writing. How corpse narratives transcend the boundaries of time and the grave and exorcise souls in order to re-member memories, restore stories, historicize and sometimes re-right history. Indeed, such visible texts make disappeared bodies appear to the reader; they act like warning voices resurrecting from the grave.
For the convenience of the scholars, some topics have been listed below but they are only suggestive, and the scholars are free to choose their areas of interest within this wider framework. The sub-themes are as follows:
2. Existentialism and Death
3 Death and Philosophy
4. Corpse Narrative and Spirituality
5. Corpse Narratives in Classical Literature
6. Corpse Narrative and Cinema
7. Corpse Narratives and Folklore
8. Corpse Narratives in Drama
9. Corpse Narratives in Poetry
10. Corpse Narratives and Cultural Studies
Editors: Dr Swati Kumari, Assistant Professor, JAIN (Deemed to-be) University Bangalore & Dr. Manoj Kumar, Asst. Professor, Amity University Rajasthan.
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