women’s art of dying??

Okay, so what’s going on with this whole dying-at-the-end thing in women’s literature (both fictionally or biographically)? Is this something to do my paper on? or is it too big a topic? How to narrow down?

Gentry, Deborah. The Art of Dying: Suicide in the Works of Kate Chopin and Sylvia Plath. Peter Lang, 2003. Checked out at Valley, so ordered today via Summitt.

The Art of Dying concludes by exploring women’s need for self-actualization within the framework of love, marriage, and motherhood—institutions that have always demanded from women an unnatural and harmful degree of unselfishness. The inherent message in the works of artists such as Chopin and Plath is that women should not have to die in order to live.

The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women. Available Valley PS508.W7 G54 1985

Muriel Rukeyser, “The Power of Suicide,” Norton, p. 1696.
Anne Sexton, “Sylvia’s Death,” Norton, p. 1913.


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