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ISBN: 9781552453414-06

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Ordinary Ruins

From: The Last Word


This chapter examines the commonplace nature of death and grieving, with examples from Barthes and his Mourning Diary, Freud on the narcissim of grief, and Joan Didion on Year of Magical Thinking. Other topics include: remembering through objects, mementos, photographs.



Julia Cooper

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.