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Imagining the Dead in British Literature and Culture, 1790-1848

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Imagining the Dead in British Literature and Culture, 1790-1848 by David McAllister
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This book offers the first account of the dead as an imagined community in the early nineteenth-century. It examines why Romantic and Victorian writers (including Wordsworth, Dickens, De Quincey, Godwin, and D'Israeli) believed that influencing the imaginative conception of the dead was a way to either advance, or resist, social and political reform. This interdisciplinary study contributes to the burgeoning field of Death Studies by drawing on the work of both canonical and lesser-known writers, reformers, and educationalists to show how both literary representation of the dead, and the burial and display of their corpses in churchyards, dissecting-rooms, and garden cemeteries, responded to developments in literary aesthetics, psychology, ethics, and political philosophy. Imagining the Dead in British Literature and Culture, 1790-1848 shows that whether they were lauded as exemplars or loathed as tyrants, rendered absent by burial, or made uncannily present through exhumation and display, the dead were central to debates about the shape and structure of British society as it underwent some of the most radical transformations in its history.

Author Biography

David McAllister is a Lecturer in Victorian Literature at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and a Director of the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. He has published articles on a range of Victorian and Romantic writers, including Dickens, Carlyle, Wordsworth, and Gaskell.
Release date Australia
October 17th, 2018
Pages
246
Edition
1st ed. 2018
Illustrations
1 Illustrations, black and white; X, 246 p. 1 illus.
Country of Publication
Switzerland
Imprint
Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN-13
9783319977300
Product ID
28248923

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