"Life Is So Good": Centenarians' Autobiographies Between the Promise of Immortality and the Specter of Death.

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  • Author(s): Banerjee, Mita
  • Source:
    Omega: Journal of Death & Dying. Nov2022, Vol. 86 Issue 1, p284-297. 14p.
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    • Abstract:
      When we are trying to come to terms with death and dying, or the loss of a loved one, cultural practices can fulfill important functions. Literature, music, and the arts can help us cope with loss by expressing our emotions in a way which seems to be universal. This paper investigates the role of co-written centenarians' autobiographies in this context. It focuses specifically on autobiographies by African American centenarians and white co-authors. The article investigates the dialogue between the centenarian and the co-author as a ritual for coming to terms with the co-author's fear of mortality. It argues that for a white readership that defines itself as secular, the black centenarian – deeply religious himself – can serve as a surrogate and a role model. Just as he assures his middle-aged, white co-author that death is not to be feared, his autobiography may offer a secular readership a model for dying. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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