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Teaching Death and Dying$
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Christopher M Moreman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335224

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335224.001.0001

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“Listen to the Dark”: Death and Dying in Music, Film, and Literature

“Listen to the Dark”: Death and Dying in Music, Film, and Literature

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Teaching Death and Dying

Amir Hussain

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the uses of music, film, and literature in teaching courses on death and dying. The approach taken is that of one who has been concerned with effective pedagogy for the past decade. The chapter begins by describing an exercise where students bring in a work that speaks to them about death and dying. This is followed by a discussion on how various works of literature can be integrated into the course. The use of music allows students to bring into the classroom the songs that are most meaningful to them, and is useful in introducing the important roles that race, ethnicity, and language play in religion. The final section of the chapter ends with a discussion on the use of films. Two resources are included as appendices at the end of this chapter.

Keywords:   popular culture, student experience, music, film, literature, songs, race, ethnicity, language

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