Re: Dead body fetishism?

Kathleen A. Gillogly (Kagillogly@AOL.COM)
Fri, 2 Aug 1996 17:40:27 -0400

On this discussion, I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned the obsession with
death in Victorian England -- Queen Victoria wasn't the only one to wear
widow's weeds for the rest of her life after the death of a husband. I also
recall reference to great emphasis on locks of hair of the deceased, woven
into broaches, pins, or put into lockets; elaborate tombstones; and poetry.

Is anyone on this list familiar with the culture of death at this time? Was
it unique to England? An attenuated form may have been present in the US
(remember Scarlett O'Hara's refusal to wear black for the rest of her life?).
What about continental Europe?

Kate Gillogly