The fear of premature burial rose to a fever-pitch in 18th- and 19th-century Europe as a result of various scientific and spiritual circumstances. The more doctors and scientists learned about death, the more they realized they did not know, and when combined with secular challenges to faith and urban challenges to burial, the reactions were strong and wide-ranging, from scientific practices to legal changes and technological innovations.
At the heart of the problem is the breakdown of the contract between the living and the dead. In this presentation, Dr. Tandy will show how the anxieties this caused are manifest in two late-19th-century phenomena: the rise of the cremation movement, and the publication and popularity of Bram Stoker’s novel on Vampirism, Dracula.
Dr. Ann Tandy is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She teaches Death Studies courses and British Literature from Beowulf to the present. She has given many presentations, both academic and general interest, on garden cemeteries, anatomical venuses, anatomy theatres, Egyptology, and archaeology both urban and imperial.
This talk is @ 6.30 UK time
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