Funeral Festivals in America: Rituals for the Living

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When Evelyn Waugh wrote The Loved One (1948) as a satire of the elaborate preparations and memorialization of the dead taking place in his time, he had no way of knowing how extraordinarily creative and technical human funerary practices would become. Jacqueline S. Thursby explores how modern American funerals and their accompanying rituals seem meant to benefit the living rather than the dead. Funeral Festivals in America suggests that there is an irony in the festivities surrounding death and that the American response to ...

Funeral Festivals in America: Rituals for the Living 2009, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington

ISBN-13: 9780813192994

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Funeral Festivals in America: Rituals for the Living 2006, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington

ISBN-13: 9780813123806

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