Too Weird For Death? – online talk with Violet Fenn

    Too Weird For Death? – online talk with Violet Fenn

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    Online talk: Too weird for death 14.07.2021show details + £6.00 (GBP)  

    • Online talk: Too weird for death
      July 14, 2021
      6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Is it weird to acknowledge we will die?

    Why, in the 21st century, is it considered odd to be genuinely interested in death? Death is the one thing that is certain to happen to all of us (taxes having apparently become optional, whatever Benjamin Franklin thought) and many of our ancestors had no option but to accept it as part of their daily lives. Why do so many of us feel a deep connection to the eternal cycle of life, whilst others shy away from even thinking about the end of it?

    Too morbid?

    Freelance writer and author, Violet Fenn (Sex and Sexuality in Victorian Britain, A History of the Vampire in Popular Culture) was once rejected for a post as a trainee undertaker because the funeral director involved considered her background knowledge of death culture to be ‘a bit weird’. This obviously served to do nothing except reinforce her interest in the cultural attitude towards dying, because if even a death professional can consider the topic too morbid for general interest, then what hope is there for the rest of us to become at peace with our inevitable end?

    Accepting death as part of life

    In this talk, Violet will consider the benefits of accepting death as a part of life (and will also explain why Hans Christian Anderson wanted his veins cut after his own death, just to make sure). She will take us for a look at the Victorian tradition of post mortem photography, discuss the ongoing cultural obsession with immortality via the means of both vampirism and botox, as well as examining the emerging modern movement of death acceptance.

    Because there really is no such thing as being ‘too weird for death’.

    Follow Violet Fenn online

    website: Sex, Death, RocknRoll

    twitter: Violet Fenn

    insta: violetfenn

    About Arnos Vale Cemetery

    Arnos Vale is a registered charity, receiving no regular council or government funding. Now, more than ever, we are relying on your support. Please help by donating here. Thank you.

    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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