Author: Nancy Isenberg
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date: 2012-07-05
Mortal Remains introduces new methods of analyzing death and its crucial meanings over a 240-year period, from 1620 to 1860, untangling its influence on other forms of cultural expression, from religion and politics to race relations and the nature of war. In this volume historians and literary scholars join forces to explore how, in a medically primitive and politically evolving environment, mortality became an issue that was inseparable from national self-definition. Attempting to make sense of their suffering and loss while imagining a future of cultural permanence and spiritual value, early Americans crafted metaphors of death in particular ways that have shaped the national mythology. As the authors show, the American fascination with murder, dismembered bodies, and scenes of death, the allure of angel sightings, the rural cemetery movement, and the enshrinement of George Washington as a saintly father, constituted a distinct sensibility. Moreover, by exploring the idea of the vanishing Indian and the brutality of slavery, the authors demonstrate how a culture of violence and death had an early effect on the American collective consciousness. Mortal Remains draws on a range of primary sources—from personal diaries and public addresses, satire and accounts of sensational crime—and makes a needed contribution to neglected aspects of cultural history. It illustrates the profound ways in which experiences with death and the imagery associated with it became enmeshed in American society, politics, and culture.
Author: Patrick Lane
Publisher: Exile Editions, Ltd.
Release Date: 1999-01-01
There are many truths in life we know of but fail to acknowledge because they cause too much pain. It is these dark places that Patrick Lane, one of Canada's most important writers, tackles in Mortal Remains. These poems will take readers deep into their own psyches and force them to examine issues close to the bone - if not close to the heart. This book is a must-read for poetry fans unfamiliar with Lane's haunting works.
Author: Margaret Yorke
Publisher: House of Stratus
Release Date: 2012-05-18
Dr. Patrick Grant does not believe Felix Lomax died accidentally. The unfortunate Lomax was thought to be lecturing on a cruise liner, but is found washed ashore on a lonely beach in Crete. Grant's investigations eventually lead to the tombs of Mycenae, where he ends up risking his own life in an effort to determine the truth.
Author: Christopher Evans
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2013-10-31
The Solar System is ours. Biotechnology has provided the Settled Worlds with a riot of habitable environments; sentient craft ply the routes between the planets; the souls of the dead live on in the Noosphere, a psychic Net where they can be contacted by the living. Paradise? Not quite - and when a strange womb is recovered from a living spaceship crashed on Mars it swiftly becomes the focus of intrigue and murder as the Settled Worlds begin to disintegrate under the strain of a vicious interplanetary war between two rival factions.
After receiving a commission to create a Vietnam War memorial for a posh Oregon suburb, Adam McCleet--ex-Marine, ex-cop, and sometimes successful sculptor--finds himself on a collision course with bad memories, murder, and a cunning killer.
Author: Joan Hess
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
Release Date: 2016-11-07
Another rip-roaring cozy mystery set in outrageous Maggody, Arkansas, a town so strange that even Hollywood filmmakers can't believe it's real. From the Kwik-Stoppe-Shoppe to the Pot O' Gold Mobile Home Park, there isn't much glamour in Maggody . . . but this flyspeck Arkansas town is about to become famous. When a Hollywood production company chooses Maggody as a backdrop for an X-rated Ozarks "Romeo and Juliet," the locals are starstruck. And as Maggody is flooded with washed-up actors, ruthless producers, and a cynical crew, the townsfolk will do anything for a close-up – even if it means resorting to murder. Chief of Police Arly Hanks has no time for Hollywood – she's got her hands full with a local arsonist – but when one of the actors is found dead in a bathtub, she's forced to intervene. As the film spins out of control, Arly realizes that the citizens of Maggody will stop at nothing to get their fifteen minutes of fame – even as the town burns down around them. In the spirit of David Mamet's State and Main, this delightful novel shows that when Hollywood collides with small-town values, the movie industry doesn't stand a chance. Mortal Remains in Maggody is the 5th book in the Arly Hanks Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Author: Victoria Broackes
Publisher: V & A Publishing
Release Date: 2017-05
The first book ever produced with full access the Pink Floyd archive. Published to accompany the V&A's major summer exhibition, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, celebrates 50 years of one of the greatest bands of all time. Five essays tackle different aspects of their far-reaching legacy in music and the visual arts. Authors including Jon Savage, Howard Goodall and Rob Young examine what makes the band truly special, from the mythology underpinning their output, through to their experimentation with technology to create new sounds. their epic staging and performance impact will also be explored, along with the anti-authoritarianism that infuses their lyrics. 00The book is heavily illustrated throughout, emphasizing the essential role that visual material played in supporting the music and creating the lasting Pink Floyd phenomenon. 00Victoria Broackes is Senior Curator and Head of Exhibitions for the Department of Theatre and Performance at the V&A. She has produced a number of successful touring exhibitions, including You Say You Want a Revolution? and David Bowie Is. Anna Landreth Strong is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance at the V&A. 00Exhibition: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom (13.05-01.10.2017).
Author: Michael B. Dodd
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2017-07-18
In Book Three of The DuPont Family Chronicles, the children of Blaise and Gisselle DuPont have come of age. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when the entire world has lost its collective mind. Richard, Michael and even Marie must leave their sheltered existence and join the global battle against fascism. They will leave their home as na�ve children and return with the knowledge of good and evil. At home, the war against Hitler and the Nazis causes old loyalties to surface and distort the mind of a loyal son into an unforgivable crime against his brother. With an entire world at war, the DuPont children must pay their dues before taking the DuPont mantle into the American century.
Author: Thomas W. Laqueur
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2018-05-08
Genre: Social Science
The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when he died his body should be tossed over the city walls for beasts to scavenge. Why should he or anyone else care what became of his corpse? In The Work of the Dead, acclaimed cultural historian Thomas Laqueur examines why humanity has universally rejected Diogenes's argument. No culture has been indifferent to mortal remains. Even in our supposedly disenchanted scientific age, the dead body still matters—for individuals, communities, and nations. A remarkably ambitious history, The Work of the Dead offers a compelling and richly detailed account of how and why the living have cared for the dead, from antiquity to the twentieth century. The book draws on a vast range of sources—from mortuary archaeology, medical tracts, letters, songs, poems, and novels to painting and landscapes in order to recover the work that the dead do for the living: making human communities that connect the past and the future. Laqueur shows how the churchyard became the dominant resting place of the dead during the Middle Ages and why the cemetery largely supplanted it during the modern period. He traces how and why since the nineteenth century we have come to gather the names of the dead on great lists and memorials and why being buried without a name has become so disturbing. And finally, he tells how modern cremation, begun as a fantasy of stripping death of its history, ultimately failed—and how even the ashes of the victims of the Holocaust have been preserved in culture. A fascinating chronicle of how we shape the dead and are in turn shaped by them, this is a landmark work of cultural history.
Author: Johan Vilhelm Hultkrantz
Publisher: Andesite Press
Release Date: 2017-08-23
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