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Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of Mourning from the Enlightenment to Victoria

Schor, Esther

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ISBN 10: 069103396X / ISBN 13: 9780691033969
Published by Princeton University Press
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069103396X Princeton Univ Press hardcover w/dust jacket, 1994, 1st edition, clean/tight, No marks, jacket has some surface rub and creasing in the front flap.Fine/Near Fine.New mylar cover, bubble-wrapped and mailed in a Box w/delivery confirmation. Bookseller Inventory # 49265

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Title: Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Esther Schor tells us about the persistence of the dead, about why they still matter long after we emerge from grief and accept our loss. Mourning as a cultural phenomenon has become opaque to us in the twentieth century, Schor argues. This book is an effort to recover the culture of mourning that thrived in English society from the Enlightenment through the Romantic Age, and to recapture its meaning. Mourning appears here as the social diffusion of grief through sympathy, as a force that constitutes communities and helps us to conceptualize history.


In the textual and social practices of the British Enlightenment and its early nineteenth-century heirs, Schor uncovers the ways in which mourning mediated between received ideas of virtue, both classical and Christian, and a burgeoning, property-based commercial society. The circulation of sympathies maps the means by which both valued things and values themselves are distributed within a culture. Delving into philosophy, politics, economics, and social history as well as literary texts, Schor traces a shift in the British discourse of mourning in the wake of the French Revolution: What begins as a way to effect a moral consensus in society turns into a means of conceiving and bringing forth history.


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Esther Schor is Associate Professor of English and John E. Annan Bicentennial Preceptor at Princeton University.

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