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Death's summer coat : what the history of death and dying can tell us about life and living  Cover Image Book Book

Death's summer coat : what the history of death and dying can tell us about life and living / Brandy Schillace.

Schillace, Brandy. (Author).


Consideration of death and dying is back in the public forum. People are sipping tea at Death Cafes, attending Death Salons and visiting exhibitions such as Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection. Death's Summer Coat addresses this surge of interest by providing a compelling crossover narrative: of interest to a general audience but also to those who are grieving. How can we approach death in a culture dead-set against talking about mortality? Written with humour and humanity, this is an informed and up-to-date work that uses personal narrative and photography, science, history and literature to explore the incredibly diverse - and sometimes just incredible - ways in which humans have dealt with mortality in different times and places. Topics include: how we conceive of death; death and the departed across the globe; the language of death and why it matters; the Victorians; medical science and preservation; death and medical care; and modern-day rituals. Some of the stories are strikingly unfamiliar; others are far more familiar than you might suppose. But all reveal a lot about the present - and about ourselves.

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  • ISBN: 9781605989389
  • ISBN: 160598938X
  • ISBN: 9781681773247
  • ISBN: 178396040X
  • ISBN: 9781783960408
  • Physical Description: 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus, c2015, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-258) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Dead and knowing it -- Eat your dead (and other advice) -- Through a glass, darkly -- Dying Victorian: memento mori, hair jewellery and crape -- Death at the anatomy theatre -- Death and the doctor -- Death comes to dinner.
Subject: Death > Social aspects > Great Britain.
Death in popular culture > Great Britain.
Attitude to Death.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Kirtland Community College Library HQ 1073 .S35 2015 30775305531247 General Collection Available -

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