Great Men to Mourn
From: The Last Word
On the history of the eulogy being a public praising of great men, and on making the private public in demonstrations of grief: celebrity grieving, grieving on social media. This chapter introduces ideas about the eulogy as a form and ritual, and an example of Antigone by Sophocles.
Julia Cooper has written for the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Hazlitt magazine, among others. Based in Toronto, Ontario, she recently completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Toronto.