The Gender of Death: A Cultural History in Art and Literature

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In this illustrated historical survey of the image of death in art and literature Karl S. Guthke assesses the significance of the various personifications of death in different ages and cultures, as male or female, enemy or lover, friend or avenger, angel or devil. Guthke shows that such images are reflections of the life and cultures that produced them, and through them he offers astonishing new insights into the nature and perception of the Western self in its cultural, intellectual, and literary context.

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'[Guthke] entices the reader from chapter to chapter by means of his superior technique and brilliant style.' Frankfurter Rundschau

'A rich array of examples of the personification of death in (mainly) European cultures. ... An eclectic and erudite survey of images of death as a hunter, horseman, lover, bridegroom, or chess-player.' The Times Literary Supplement

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