Mortal Remains

"These 12 short, highly focused essays analyze how experiences with death and the imagery associated with it influenced US culture before 1860."—Choice

Mortal Remains
Death in Early America

Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein, Editors

2002 | 264 pages | Cloth $55.00 | Paper $24.95
American History | Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

I. MORTALITY FOR THE MASSES
1. The Christian Origins of the Vanishing Indian
—Laura M. Stevens
2. Blood Will Out: Sensationalism, Horror, and the Roots of American Crime Literature
—Daniel A. Cohen
3. A Tale of Two Cities: Epidemics and the Rituals of Death in Eighteenth-Century Boston nd Philadelphia
—Robert V. Wells

II. THE POLITICS OF DEATH
4. Death and Satire: Dismembering the Body Politic
—Nancy Isenberg
5. Immortalizing the Founding Fathers: The Excesses of Public Eulogy
—Andrew Burstein
6. The Politics of Tears: Death in the Early American Novel
—Julia Stern

III. PHYSICAL REMAINS
7. Major André's Exhumation
—Michael Meranze
8. Patriotic Remains: Bones of Contention in the Early Republic
—Matthew Dennis
9. A Peculiar Mark of Infamy: Dismemberment, Burial, and Rebelliousness in Slave Societies
—Douglas R. Egerton

IV. AFTER LIFE
10. Elizabeth Reis, Immortal Messengers: Angels, Gender, and Power in Early America
—Douglas R. Egerton
11. "In the Midst of Life we are in Death": Affliction and Religion in Antebellum New York
—Nicholas Marshall
12. The Romantic Landscape: Washington Irving, Sleepy Hollow, and the Rural Cemetery Movement
—Thomas G. Connors

Notes
List of Contributors
Index