In this beautifully illustrated and well-researched book Professor Curl has rescued much fascinating material from undeserved oblivion, and his work fills a genuine gap. From humble working-class exequies to the massive outpouringof grief at the State funerals of Wellington and Queen Victoria herself, The Victorian Celebration of Death covers an immense canvas. It describes the change in sensibility that led to a new tenderness towards the dead; the history of the urban cemeteries with their architecture and landscapes; the ephemera of death and dying; State funerals as national spectacles; and the utilitarian reactions towards the end of the nineteenth century. Combining wit with compassion, Curl wears his learning lightly, and his taste for the eerie is delicately balanced by this literary personality. He has resurrected many valuable and extremely interesting aspects of nineteenth-century attidues to death and the disposal of the dead; Curl's achievement is as well-ordered as any sumptuous funeral, and is lucid as well as entertaining, with many surprises and assiciated delights.
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Professor James Stevens Curl is Senior Research Fellow at The Queen's University of Belfast. He read for his Doctorate at University College London, and was Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. He has established an international reputation for scholarship and lucidity of style. He has published many works dealing with aspects of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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Descripción Estado de conservación: New. From humble working-class funerals to the massive outpouring of grief at the State spectacles of Wellington and Queen Victoria, the pictures painted here of Victorian responses to death cover an immense canvas, taking into account religious, social, architectural, monumental and landscaping facets. This little-known side of reform in Victorian Britain is documented as a vast achievement in the civilising of urban man. Professor Curl proceeds from the elegiac garden (an antidote to the gruesome horrors of overcrowded, smelly and insanitary graveyards) to the Elysian Fields of the ideal cemetery, and then on to cremation, with scarcely a jolt. He lays out the change in sensibility that led to a new tenderness towards the dead in an achievement as well-ordered as any sumptuous funeral, a history both lucid and entertaining. Nº de ref. de la librería 1316
Descripción The History Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110750923180
Descripción The History Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0750923180