Mourning loss : community and consolation in 20th century elegy
Nelson, Elizabeth Ellison.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2008.; Includes bibliographical references. This study of the communal elegy argues that elegies of all traditions - not just conventional elegies - have the ability to promote a shared community of mourning and consolation. This study also suggests that the elegy can be successful even if the speaker remains inconsolable as we examine elegies where the speaker's melancholia only enhances the work of mourning. By examining political war elegies and AIDS elegies of the eighties and nineties, this paper shows how these melancholic elegies solicit a community of support and activism. In an age of mourning loss, grievers turn to the elegy to find community and the elegy provides the means for mourning their losses on a collective scale.
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