for granted. Miscellaneous in a renegotiation of the specific patterns of literary communication and claims that the concept of reconstruction' can be profitably applied to this renegotiation. To substantiate this claim, the second half of Funk's book is devoted to discussions of narrative texts that illustrate this transition from postmodern deconstruction to postmillennial reconstruction. However, it is also concerned with larger philosophical and historical notions of closure, impermanence, rupture and apocalypse as well as the possibilities of «posthumous» being. It focuses on the ways in which endings are formally signaled in literature, and sets these alongside parallel studies in journalism and film. It gives examples from fairytales, Byron, Longfellow, Dillard, Barnes and South African writers. The wide range of authors, featuring writers from the US as well as the UK, underlines the fact that the reconstructive tendencies and strategies Funk diagnoses are of universal significance for the intellectual and cultural self-image of the global North. Its opening essays focus on the ways in which endings are formally signaled in literature, and set these alongside parallel g English and American Studies in German de Gruyter. Contents: Peter Wenzel: Endings in Literature: A Survey - Stella Neumann: Corpus-Linguistic Exploration of Endings in Short Stories - Jennifer Fest: Defining Endings in Newspaper Writing - A Case Study on Football Coverage - Tobias Hock: Film Endings - Julia Vaessen/Sven Strasen: A History. Bartel: Ending in Peace: The Quest for Final Consolation in Longfellow's Dante Sonnets - Tanya Walker: The Ending Written into Things: Coming to Terms with the Inescapable Ephemerality of Art - Lori Kanitz: Suspended Endings, Theodicean Spaces, and Annie Dillard's Asyndetic Style - Geoffrey. Davis: "No correct epiphany On the Politics of Endings in South African Writing Peter. Show Less, restricted access, series: This multidisciplinary collection brings together scholars from the fields of literature, theology and linguistics who question and extend our taken-for-granted conceptions.