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Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Gary Laderman

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Though it has often been passionately criticized—as fraudulent, exploitative, even pagan—the American funeral home has become nearly as inevitable as death itself, an institution firmly embedded in ... More


From House Calls to Funeral Homes: Changing Relations between the Living and the Dead

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

By the start of the 20th century, the relationship between the living and the dead in the United States had begun to change dramatically. In many ways, the intimacy that had connected the physical ... More


Good Grief! Jessica Mitford Makes the New York Times Bestseller List

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The year 1963 was not good for the public image of funeral directors in the United States. A half-century of public scrutiny, skewering, and scepticism did not prepare undertakers for the fallout of ... More


Keeping the Dead in Place: Old and New Patterns of Consumption

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Without question, Jessica Mitford's book The American Way of Death was a turning point in the history of American funerals, leading to heightened public awareness about the costs of disposal, the ... More


The immorality of French novels

Juliette Atkinson

in French Novels and the Victorians

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780197266090
eISBN:
9780191860003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266090.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Anxieties about immorality were rarely far from discussion of French novels. However, contemporary notions of ‘immorality’ were far more unstable than has often been suggested. The chapter begins by ... More


Consumers' Last Rites

Stephen Prothero

in Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520208162
eISBN:
9780520929746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520208162.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Jessica Mitford, Pope Paul VI, and Lee Harvey Oswald unwittingly conspired to rescue a dying rite. Mitford's The American Way of Death was a searing exposé of the contemporary funeral industry. It ... More


Introduction

Constantine Nomikos Vaporis

in Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832056
eISBN:
9780824868789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832056.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This introductory chapter describes the alternate attendance also knows as the sankin kōtai—the back and forth journey of samurais from their domain's castle town to Edo through early modern Japan's ... More


Modelling Mary Russell Mitford’s Networks: The Digital Mitford as Collaborative Database

Elisa Beshero-Bondar and Kellie Donovan-Condron

in Women's Literary Networks and Romanticism: "A Tribe of Authoresses"

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781786940605
eISBN:
9781786945136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781786940605.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter features the Digital Mitford Archive’s work to construct a scholarly edition as a digital database. The chapter presents a view of the once popular and prolific Mary Russell Mitford as a ... More


“Drawn from Our Island History”: Virginia Woolf, Nancy Mitford, and the Politics of Pageantry

Erica Delsandro

in Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780989082679
eISBN:
9781781382196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter looks into Nancy Mitford's early fiction to determine her contribution to the conversation between younger novelists and aging modernists in the 1930s. In particular, it assesses her ... More


Background, Histories, and Myths: The Situation of the Gypsies in the Romantic Period

Sarah Houghton-Walker

in Representations of the Gypsy in the Romantic Period

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780198719472
eISBN:
9780191788581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719472.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter draws on a wide range of resources, from Parliamentary Acts (including Enclosure and Witchcraft Acts) to Old Bailey transcripts of the trial of Mary Squires and Elizabeth Canning. ... More


Ladies with Pets and Flowers; with Graveyards and Windswept Moors

Alison Booth

in Homes and Haunts: Touring Writers' Shrines and Countries

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198759096
eISBN:
9780191819728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759096.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter argues that gender and genre shape reputations of women writers according to different settings of their homes and well-known works. A contemporary of Irving and mentor of the Howitts, ... More


The Last Word: Women in the Romantic Lecture Room

Sarah Zimmerman

in The Romantic Literary Lecture in Britain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833147
eISBN:
9780191872631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833147.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Women were welcomed as lecture auditors who could make a series successful, but lecturers, the institutions that sponsored series, and some male auditors also tried to restrict their participation. ... More


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