Funeral Festivals in America: Rituals for the Living (Material World)

Funeral Festivals in America: Rituals for the Living (Material World)

By: Jacqueline S. Thursby (author)Hardback

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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 death often develops into an event celebrating the ties between family members and friends. Thursby cites rituals for loved ones separated at the time of death, the frivolities surrounding death, funeral foods and feasts, post-funeral rites and ongoing commemorations, and many other facets of the American way of dealing with death.

About Author

Jacqueline S. Thursby is an associate professor in the English department at Brigham Young University.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780813123806
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780813123806
  • ISBN10: 0813123801

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