Beginning with a survey of pre-modern female literary personae in Arabic (the elegist
, the mystic, the singing slave), we will move on to examine major figures in the early modern feminist movement, autobiography, film, and the novel.
It's not that he's only an elegist
, or that the ultimate cul de sac for the lyric is the elegy.
other great elegist
Stefan Zweig pointed out, it had been multiethnic in
Whether writing as a celebrant, critic, memoirist or elegist
, he has precisely the "unswerving gaze" Pinter called for, one often fixed on figures in the margins and shadows whose lives are often left untroubled by literary description, but who, Longley insistently reminds us, have their own heroism, tragedy and nobility, and whose stories reveal the 'real truth of our lives.
He is a true elegist
with the knack of being able to entertain with only the most humdrum of resources.
Jefferson declares herself "a chronicler of Negroland, a participant-observer, an elegist
, dissenter and admirer; sometime expatriate, ongoing interlocutor.
However, although the elegist
is at the very end of her life, her voice remains strong and persuasive, and has yet to reveal her dramatic truths.
Gizzi is an elegist
as well as a rhapsode, and his work can be as harrowing as it is exhilarating.
French is an elegist
with the power to make us summon our own dead as he presents those written about, though in memoriam, as if the poem is where they now continue to live.
Extending the study of elegy to the literature of the twentieth century, Ramazani characterizes the modern elegist
as performing an act of mourning that encompasses not only the individual dead or even unenumerated war casualties but also "the diminished efficacy and legitimacy of poetic mourning.
In Arion's sea-shore the restless contemplus mundi of the Christian elegist
is united with the languorous self-absorption of the Italian elegist
He also explains that the apparently opposed visions of a fighter and an elegist
expressed therein must be seen as mutually dependent and complementary.