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The Year of Magical Thinking


Title: The Year of Magical Thinking Author: Kate Liu Last modified by: Kate Liu Created Date: 2/25/2013 11:18:41 PM Document presentation format: (4:3) – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking
  • And Working Through Family Deaths

The Year of Magical Thinking
  • 2003/7/26 ???(Didion) ??????(Quintana) ???
  • 2003/12/25 ????????????????,????
  • 2003/12/30???????????????? (Mass Coronary Event)
  • 13?????????Life changes fast/Life changes in
    the instantThe question of self-pity???
  • 2004/1/22??????,??????
  • 2004/3/23?????????,??????????
  • 2004/3/25???????????
  • 2004/4/30???????????????,??????????????,??????,??
  • 2004/5/12 ?1111 ???????????,?????
  • 2004/10/4 ???????

The Year of Magical Thinking
  • 2004/10/4 ???????
  • 2004/12/31????????
  • 2005/8/26 ??????
  • 2005/10??????
  • 2007 ???????????????????????????????.

  • The Year of Magical Thinking
  • Focus chaps 1-7 12-22
  • Initial responses (coolness) and repetitions
  • Grief and mourning (any traces of melancholia?)
  • magical thinking as a process of sense-making
  • Is the work of mourning completed?

  • not remember pp. 4, 7
  • remember 6, 8
  • mistakes about the date pp. 11, 12
  • later clues to reveal the inevitability of
    Johns death (Sir Gawains quote, etc.)

Chaps 1-2
Chap 1 1) Telling stories delay in writing (Some notes on the computer taken in Jan, 2004. Husband died 12/30/2003 Started to write on 10/4/2004 ) 2) Views of writing and its function
Chap 2 -- The Death -- Initial Responses (Denial, Maintaining self-composure, congee 27) -- different kinds of death (12) -- Autopsy -- A call for organ donation. Starting the year of magical thinking. I needed to be alone so that he could come back. This was the beginning of my year of magical thinking.
Grief and Mourning
  • Grief ? rationalization
  • a. unwilling to let go
  • b. trying to find clues
  • c. Reading (literature and psychological
  • Reminiscing the past
  • a. The past with John 11-12 what John remembered
    the year before his death

Chaps 3-4 rationalization
Chap 3 Disturbed by obituaries 16 Autopsyanother reason Organ donation 18 Shoes kept for him to come back 19  
Chap 4 bringing him back Rationalization literature, psychological theories Johns novel Experiences of and passages about death going on the smile Keep on the correct track 24 a night of memories and sighs ? end of chap 5
Chaps 5-6

Chap 5 mirror and photos 2003/12/30 re-lived Quintanas illness (from 12/8) Weddings of both John/Didion, and of Quintana. I wanted more than a night of memories and sighs. I wanted to scream. I wanted him back.
Chap 6 Didions apprehension of death. Clues of Johns death ? He was depressed
Chap 7
Chap 7 Why did I keep stressing what was and was not normal, when nothing about it was? Let me try a chronology here. Quintana was admitted to the ICU at Beth Israel North on December 25, 2003. John died on December 30, 2003. I told Quintana that he was dead late on the morning of January 15, 2004,   The chronology of Quintanas recovery. 3/24 job finished 3/25 Quintana hospitalized again .
Chaps 8-11
Chap 8 Quintana
Chap 9 Quintana
Chap 10 The vortex effect
Chap 11 Quintana out of the hospital in June
Chaps 12-15
Chap 12 A new stage of mourning His experience of death
Chap 13 Her dreams
Chap 14 Rationalization luck
Chap 15 I realized that since the last morning of 2003, the morning after he died, I had been trying to reverse time, run the film backward. It was now eight months later, August 30, 2004, and I still was. The difference was that all through those eight months I had been trying to substitute an alternate reel. Now I was trying only to reconstruct the collision, the collapse of the dead star. (p. 78)
Endings and no endings
Chap 17 Meaninglessness 80 Self-pity 81
Chap 18 Result of autopsy sent to a wrong address cognitive deficiency
Chap 19  no longer a wife their life of improvising, flying blind
Chap 20  feels her littleness, lack of resilience and sociabilty
Chap 21  John about Gregg about Quintanas being beautiful The prevalence of broken man
Chap 22  a year and a day does not want to end writing, but has to let go. Ending with Johns wordsabout adapting to changes.