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Title: A different kind of wilderness : decomposition and life in Jim Crace’s Being Dead
Other Titles: Jim Crace Into the wilderness
Authors: Callus, Ivan
Lanfranco, Sandro
Keywords: Crace, Jim, 1946- . Being dead -- Criticism and interpretation
Crace, Jim, 1946- . Quarantine -- Criticism and interpretation
Crace, Jim, 1946- . The Gift of Stones -- Criticism and interpretation
British literature
Postmodernism (Literature)
Regeneration (Biology)
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: Callus, I., & Lanfranco, S. (2018). A different kind of wilderness : decomposition and life in Jim Crace’s Being Dead. In K. Shaw, & K. Aughterson (Eds.), Jim Crace Into the wilderness (pp. 81-94). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Abstract: Crace portrays diseased or decomposing human bodies as environments caught between the tended and the untameable. This chapter discusses Being Dead, Quarantine, and The Gift of Stones, to show how Crace’s narratives understand that the wilderness within humanity is always too close for comfort, both in life and in death. An interdisciplinary approach featuring perspectives from literary theory and biology informs a close reading of how decomposition is figured in Being Dead. Callus and Lanfranco situate Crace’s representations of death and decomposition against older traditions of memento mori within Western literature and culture, as well as broader discussions within posthumanist paradigms that turn on themes like morbidity, decay, regeneration, and anthropocentrism, and alongside which Being Dead offers a lyrically powerful fictive counterpart.
ISBN: 9783319940922
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