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Laura Wittman
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Laura Wittman is associate professor of French and Italian literature at Stanford. She is currently working on a cultural history of NDEs from the mid-nineteenth century to this day, titled Lazarus’ Silence: Near-Death Experiences in Fiction, Science and Popular Culture.

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What Fiction Can Tell Us About NDEs

(116) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 11:17 AM

NDEs offer us a highly effective effect of hyper-reality. What we choose to do with it, as a culture, is a key ethical and spiritual question. Do we want to privilege dying as a heightened state of awareness or do we want to downplay it?

If the terminally ill...

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