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Death in the Victorian Family
     

Death in the Victorian Family

by Pat Jalland, Patricia Jalland
 

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This engrossing book explores family experiences of dying, death, grieving, and mourning in the years between 1830 and 1920. So many Victorian letters, diaries, and death memorials reveal a deep preoccupation with death which is both fascinating and enlightening. Pat Jalland has examined the correspondence, diaries, and death memorials of fifty-five families to

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This engrossing book explores family experiences of dying, death, grieving, and mourning in the years between 1830 and 1920. So many Victorian letters, diaries, and death memorials reveal a deep preoccupation with death which is both fascinating and enlightening. Pat Jalland has examined the correspondence, diaries, and death memorials of fifty-five families to show us deathbed scenes of the time, good and bad deaths, the roles of medicine and religion, children's deaths, funerals and cremations, widowhood, and mourning rituals.

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"This is by far the best account we have of elite Victorian attitudes toward dying and death....[It is] a book rich in telling detail, sensitive to its subjects, a very important contribution to a growing literature on death and dying."—Victorian Studies

"...in both depth and breadth this is a valuable contribution to Victorian social history, revealing the rich diversities and intriguing implications in the social construction of a universal and inevitable physiological process."—American Historical Review

"Well conceived, organized, and written..."—Choice

"This book deserves a wide audience for its thoughtful and thoroughly professional approach to a topic of vital contemporary concern and interest."—The Catholic Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198208327
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Pat Jalland is Associate Professor of History at Murdoch University, WA. From 27 January 1997 she will be Professor of History at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University. Her books include Women, Marriage, and Politics 1860-1914, which won the non-fiction prize in the 1987 Western Australia Week Literary Awards.

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