The Fairy-Tale Funeral
From: The Last Word
On the events of Princess Diana’s wedding and funeral. Intro to the concept of neo-liberal/ capitalist erasure of grief in favour of happiness, and the instrumentalisation of negative feelings for profit and production. This chapter delves into the tension between grief and the ‘positive thinking’ mentality.
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.