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D. Vance Smith

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226640853

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.001.0001

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The Care of the Archive: John Audelay’s Three Dead Kings

The Care of the Archive: John Audelay’s Three Dead Kings

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(p.230) Chapter Twelve The Care of the Archive: John Audelay’s Three Dead Kings
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Arts of Dying
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D. Vance Smith

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.003.0013

One of the most formally complex poems in English, The Three Living and the Three Dead by John Audelay, imagines its language as a haunting that is complicated by, and that demands, acts of memorial adequate to the dead and the ethical responsibilities of the living. The intricate, subtle structure of the poem demands a hermeneutic care that the poem's ending suggests is a version of the care of the dead.

Keywords:   John Audelay, The Three Living and the Three Dead, care of the dead, memorial, form, archive

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