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LSE Literary Weekend - I Shall Die by Inches: Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying


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Speaker(s): Will Self
Chair: Dr Kavita Abraham

Recorded on 1 March 2009 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

"All but death" wrote Emily Dickinson "can be adjusted", and yet, the cold fact that bodies must eventually die only serves to hide the reality of death as a contested cultural domain, where competing notions of public and private, tradition and innovation, individual and collective, are played out, and discourses within literature, art, jurisprudence, medicine, religion, and politics all stake their claim to knowledge of the great unknown. This talk will illuminate the social aspects of death and dying in contemporary society, and challenge received ideas of what Rabelais' called our "vast perhaps".

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