Confronting eternity : strange (im)mortalities, and states of undying in popular fiction. (2014)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Arts
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. English
When the meritless scrabble for the bauble of deity, they ironically set their human lives at the “pin’s fee” to which Shakespeare’s Hamlet refers. This thesis focuses on these undeserving individuals in premillennial and postmillennial fiction, who seek immortality at the expense of both their humanities, and their natural mortalities. I will analyse an array of popular modern characters, paying particular attention to the precursors of immortal personages. I will inaugurate these analyses with an examination of fan favourite series
KeywordsImmortality; Undeath; Undying; Magic; Science; Pseudoscience; Life; Death; Eternity; God; Alchemy; Phoenix; Popular Fiction; Pop Culture; William Shakespeare; Hamlet; Doctor Who; The Doctor; The Master; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Gulliver's Travels; Struldbrugg; Jonathan Swift; Sherlock Holmes; Moriarty; Arthur Conan Doyle; Merlin; The Once and Future King; T.H. White; The Mask; Batman; The Joker; Scream; Ghostface; Saw; The Jigsaw Killer; Hanz Lungwitz; Breaking Bad; Walter White; Heroes; Sylar; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; James Joyce; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Oscar Wilde; Emily Dickinson; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Roger Ebert; Judith Butler; J.R.R Tolkien; Dylan Thomas; Robert Louis Stevenson
RightsCopyright Edwin Bruce Bacon
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