Article

Mortal vulnerabilities: reflecting on death and dying with Pamela Sue Anderson

Citation

Jasper A (2020) Mortal vulnerabilities: reflecting on death and dying with Pamela Sue Anderson. Angelaki, 25 (1-2), pp. 97-108. https://doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2020.1717789

Abstract
A consideration of some of the embedded themes with which Pamela Sue Anderson was concerned during her career will bear out the suggestion that her approach to enhancing life was richly engaging and distinctive. However, it is perhaps the idea of vulnerability, most of all, that crystallizes this distinctiveness and addresses the aims of the Enhancing Life Project with which she was associated at the time of her death in March 2017, but also brings her philosophy as well as her person most powerfully to mind. In particular I am interested in the way in which, through this focus, she allows us seriously to attend to death (including her own), invoking the positive and life-enhancing implications of our unavoidable vulnerability, for practices of rational affection, without losing sight of the violence and pain of loss and mourning.

Keywords
gender; silencing; vulnerability; death; Pamela Sue Anderson

Journal
Angelaki: Volume 25, Issue 1-2

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online28/02/2020
Date accepted by journal26/02/2020
ISSN0969-725X
eISSN1469-2899