The Denial Of Death

Author: Ernest Becker
Publisher: Souvenir Press
ISBN: 0285640070
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Winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize and the culmination of Ernest Becker's life's work, The Denial of Death is one of the twentieth-century's great works. In it Ernest Becker passionately seeks to understand the basis of human existence. Taking the fundamental fact of existence as man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality, Becker sheds new light on humanity and the meaning of life itself. Becker views human civilisation and achievement as an attempt to transcend a sense of mortality. Mankind seeks heroic acts to become part of something eternal; even though the physical body will die one day, life can still have meaning and a greater significance. In the modern world much conflict between religions, nations and ideologies are the result of contradictory 'immortality projects' but Becker sees these as false and looks for alternative immortality projects that can restore the heroic sense, as well as bringing about a better world.

Shakespeare The Denial Of Death

Author: James L. Calderwood
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9780870235832
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Examines how Shakespeare dramatizes the strategies people use to deal with death's inevitability, discusses the nature of Shakespearean tragedy, and also looks at the theme of immortality.

Escape From Evil

Author: Ernest Becker
Publisher: Free Press
ISBN:
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An exploration of the natural history of evil.

The Denial Of Aging

Author: Muriel R. GILLICK
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674037596
Size: 20.15 MB
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Listen to a short interview with Dr. Muriel Gillick Host: Chris Gondek - Producer: Heron & Crane You've argued politics with your aunt since high school, but failing eyesight now prevents her from keeping current with the newspaper. Your mother fractured her hip last year and is confined to a wheelchair. Your father has Alzheimer's and only occasionally recognizes you. Someday, as Muriel Gillick points out in this important yet unsettling book, you too will be old. And no matter what vitamin regimen you're on now, you will likely one day find yourself sick or frail. How do you prepare? What will you need? With passion and compassion, Gillick chronicles the stories of elders who have struggled with housing options, with medical care decisions, and with finding meaning in life. Skillfully incorporating insights from medicine, health policy, and economics, she lays out action plans for individuals and for communities. In addition to doing all we can to maintain our health, we must vote and organize--for housing choices that consider autonomy as well as safety, for employment that utilizes the skills and wisdom of the elderly, and for better management of disability and chronic disease. Most provocatively, Gillick argues against desperate attempts to cure the incurable. Care should focus on quality of life, not whether it can be prolonged at any cost. "A good old age," writes Gillick, "is within our grasp." But we must reach in the right direction.

Beyond Silence And Denial

Author: Lucy Bregman
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664258023
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Lucy Bregman guides the reader through the wealth of recent literature on death and dying, giving special attention to the autobiographical narratives of terminally ill people and to books offering counsel to the dying, their caregivers, and the bereaved. She argues that this literature should supplement, not supplant, Christian understandings of death.

Birth And Death Of Meaning

Author: Ernest Becker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439118426
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Uses the disciplines of psychology, anthropology, sociology and psychiatry to explain what makes people act the way they do.

Reel To Real

Author: bell hooks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135070652
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Movies matter – that is the message of Reel to Real, bell hooks’ classic collection of essays on film. They matter on a personal level, providing us with unforgettable moments, even life-changing experiences and they can confront us, too, with the most profound social issues of race, sex and class. Here bell hooks – one of America’s most celebrated and thrilling cultural critics – talks back to films that have moved and provoked her, from Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to the work of Spike Lee. Including also her conversations with master filmmakers such as Charles Burnett and Julie Dash, Reel to Real is a must read for anyone who believes that movies are worth arguing about.

Neil Gaiman S The Sandman And Joseph Campbell

Author: Stephen Rauch
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 9781592242122
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The first scholarly book-length examination of the work of comics legend Neil Gaiman includes detailed analysis of his best-selling "Sandman" and "Death" series, a look at his work's relationship to Joseph Campbell, and such topics as "Living in a Desacralized World," "The Relationship of Dreams and Myth in Campbell, Jung, and Gaiman's Sandman," "Humanization, Change, and Rebirth: The Hero's Journey," "The Role of the Artist and the Art of Storytelling," and more. A fascinating journey behind the comics work of one of the most interesting and challenging popular writers of today, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell: In Search of the Modern Myth is the book which Gaiman's fans have been waiting for!

Death Desire And Loss In Western Culture

Author: Jonathan Dollimore
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135773270
Size: 74.15 MB
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Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture is a rich testament to our ubiquitous preoccupation with the tangled web of death and desire. In these pages we find nuanced analysis that blends Plato with Shelley, Hölderlin with Foucault. Dollimore, a gifted thinker, is not content to summarize these texts from afar; instead, he weaves a thread through each to tell the magnificent story of the making of the modern individual.