Re: Dead body fetishism?

John McCreery (jlm@TWICS.COM)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 19:27:01 +0900

>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

Visitors to the Shelden Museum in Vermont will discover that a similar
culture of death was alive and well in the U.S.A. during the same period.
They have a
fine collection of the hair lockets, tombstones, etc. And poetry? Try Edgar
Allen Poe or Sidney Lanier.:-)

John McCreery
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