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Susan Gunn - Recovering NDEs in the English-Speaking Literary Tradition

The question of whether or not cases of the NDE can be identified across the English-speaking literary tradition goes to the heart of a major controversy in language study. Scholars are debating whether there is such a thing as an individual subject who can have personal experiences that are not entirely constructed by language and social context. While common sense might suggest that the self is more than a social construct and experience is more than language, the search is on for something resembling a "universal experience" that is discovered that is discovered through language and social behavior, yet transcends both. Since Steve Straight's excellent article on Katherine Anne Porter's short story, "Pale Horse, pale Rider" in Anabiosis, very little seems to have been published concerning the NDE in literature. This session examines three literary artifacts in the light of Dr. Raymond Moody's clinical model of the NDE leading to the recovery of both the features and the effects of NDE in all three artifacts. The implications of this research in the debate among language scholars will be discussed.

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