Difficult Death, Dying and the Dead in Media and Culture

Coleclough, Sharon; Michael-Fox, Bethan and Visser, Renske eds. (2023). Difficult Death, Dying and the Dead in Media and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-40732-1

Abstract

This book responds to a growing interest in death, dying and the dead within and beyond the field of death studies. The collection defines an understanding of ‘difficult death’ and examines the differences between death, dying and the dead, as well as exploring the ethical challenges of researching death in mediated form. The collection is attendant to the ways in which difficult deaths are imbricated in power structures both before and after they become mediatised in culture. As such, the work navigates the many political and social complexities and inequalities ­– what might be deemed the difficulties – of death, dying and the dead. The book seeks to expand understandings of the difficulty of death in media and culture through a wide range of chapters from different contexts focused on literature, film, television, and in online environments, as well as several chapters examining news reportage of difficult deaths.

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