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You can die but once? Creativity, narrative and epistemology in Western death

Buck, T.J.; Pipyrou, S.

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S. Pipyrou



Abstract

Employing two case studies from different spheres of anthropological practice, we argue that a narrative approach provides productive analytical ground for the study of Western death. It has been argued that narratives are attempts to create a presence to what is absent and truth to what is imagined and forgotten. Inverting this thesis, in this paper, we investigate how narratives can create absence where there is presence and ignite imagination and speculation where there is truth. Arguing that death ‘invites a story’, we examine cases which are as much about creative orchestration of human ingenuity as of meaningful accounts of epistemological meta-language.

Citation

Buck, T., & Pipyrou, S. (2014). You can die but once? Creativity, narrative and epistemology in Western death. Mortality, 19(3), 261-283. https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2014.929567

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 10, 2014
Publication Date Jul 10, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 18, 2014
Publicly Available Date Aug 12, 2016
Journal Mortality
Print ISSN 1357-6275
Electronic ISSN 1469-9885
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 3
Pages 261-283
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2014.929567

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