Blood and Dirt: Premature Burial and the Rise of the Cremation Movement – Online talk with Dr Ann Tandy

    Blood and Dirt: Premature Burial and the Rise of the Cremation Movement – Online talk with Dr Ann Tandy

    Bram Stokers Cremation Urn by Dadamax from Wikipedia

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    • Blood and Dirt online talk
      June 16, 2021
      6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Premature burial

    Printed in Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1916.

    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.

    The living fear the dead

    Illustration from Edward Gorey’s Dracula

    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. 

    About our speaker

    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

    About Arnos Vale Cemetery

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    Practical detail

    This talk will be held on Zoom. Once you have registered, a link to the event will be emailed to you, and a reminder link will also be sent 24 hours before. Please contact if you have any issues

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