The Last Word

The Last Word

Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy

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A lively examination of why the modern eulogy should rest in peace.

Finding the right words to reckon with a loved one's death is no easy task, and the pressure to grieve in a timely fashion only makes the difficulty of saying a meaningful goodbye that much harder. We are continually instructed to contain our grief to a limited period, to promptly 'get over it' and return to business as usual - is it any wonder that, when themoment for speaking directly to death arrives, we so often grasp at clichés in order to avoid examining our sorrow?

In turning a critical eye toward the act of eulogy, Julia Cooper manages to perceptively, even playfully, create a new space for the bleak act of mourning. Examining fictional eulogies in The Big Lebowski and Love Actually alongside teary speeches at celebrity funerals and reflections on mourning from Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida, The Last Word is a light in the dark. Braiding her delightful, lively cultural analysis with her own personal experiences of loss, Cooper makes a stunning and compelling case for a more compassionateapproach to grief.

Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781552453414
Branch Call Number: 393 COO 2017
Characteristics: 116 pages

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