Necrophelia and the strange case of afterlife

dc.contributor.authorSosnowska, Monika
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-28T11:17:39Z
dc.date.available2017-08-28T11:17:39Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.description.abstractDrawing on Allan Edgar Poe’s provocative statement that “The death ... of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetic topic in the world” (1951: 369), I will focus on the pivotal role of Shakespeare’s Ophelia in attesting to this assertion. Ophelia’s drowning is probably the most recognizable female death depicted by Shakespeare. Dating back to Gertrude’s “reported version” of the drowning, representations of Ophelia’s eroticized death have occupied the minds of Western artists and writers. Their necrOphelian fantasies materialized as numerous paintings, photographs and literary texts. It seems that Ophelia’s floating dead body is also at the core of postmodern thanatophiliac imagination, taking shape in the form of conventionalized representations, such as: video scenes available on YouTube, amateur photographs in bathtubs posted on photo sharing sites, reproductions and remakes of classical paintings (e.g. John Everett Millais), and contemporary art exhibitions in museums. These references will demonstrate that new cyber story – digital afterlife – is being built around the figure of Shakespearean Ophelia, unearthing the sexual attraction of the lifeless female body.pl_PL
dc.identifier.citationStudia Anglica Posnaniensia, vol. 48.2-3 (2013), pp. 103-123pl_PL
dc.identifier.issn0081-6272
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10593/19193
dc.language.isoengpl_PL
dc.publisherAdam Mickiewicz Universitypl_PL
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccesspl_PL
dc.subjectOpheliapl_PL
dc.subjectpopular culturepl_PL
dc.subjectYouTubepl_PL
dc.subjectfeminist criticismvpl_PL
dc.subjectrepresentations of the bodypl_PL
dc.titleNecrophelia and the strange case of afterlifepl_PL
dc.typeArtykułpl_PL

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