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Cemetery Plots from Victoria to Verdun

Literary Representations of Epitaph and Burial from the 19th Century through the Great War

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Heather Kichner

Cemetery Plots from Victoria to Verdun considers the rhetoric of burial reform, cemeterial customs, and epitaphic writing in Great Britain from the mid-nineteenth century through the Great War. The first half of the book studies mid- and late-Victorian responses to death and burial, including epitaph collections, burial reform documents, and fictional representations of burial and epitaph writing, especially in the novels of Charles Dickens. The second half studies the same discourse of burial, mourning, and epitaphs in select fiction, memoirs, diaries, correspondence, and poems produced in response to World War I in order to understand how writing about individual memorialization changed in post-war British literature and culture.

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Index •A• Abney Park cemetery, 22 Albert, Prince, 3–4 Ancient Funeral Monuments (Weever), 50 Auden, W.H., 135–6, 136 n. 9 •B• Baker, Herbert, 122 Barbusse, Henri, 89–90 Bartlett, H., 26–7 “Base Details” (Sassoon), 112–13 Bayswater cemetery, 25 Bleak House (Dickens), 4, 12, 15–16, 30–41 bodies. See corpses Boer War, graves, 5, 83 Booker, Rev. Luke, 58–9 Booth, Allyson, 11, 83–4, 88, 92, 98, 120, 124 Bourke, Joanna, 82, 89, 96 Bowden, John, 45 Box, Charles, 17, 24–5, 31, 45–6, 57–8, 84 Bridges, Robert, 98 Brittain, Vera, 125 Brompton cemetery, 22 Brookbank, Thomas, 85 Brooke, Rupert, 130 Brooks, Chris, 10, 17–19, 21–2, 25 Brookwood Cemetery, 28 Bunhill Fields cemetery, 17 Burial Acts, The, 26, 29 Burial Boards, 4, 26–7, 29 Burial Fees Act, 29 burial grounds. See cemeteries burial reform, 2, 4, 8, 16–19, 23–8, 29, 30, 46, 50, 80–1, 119 “Butchers and Tombs” (Gurney), 101 Byron, Lord, 79 •C• Caldwall, Thomas, 2 Cannadine, David, 11, 82, 98, 125 Carden, George Frederick, 19–20 Carmilla (LeFanu), 4, 30, 70 Catacombs (Paris), 18 cemeteries, 8, 80–1. See also burial reform; graves in Bleak House, 5, 12, 15–16, 30, 33–4, 39–41 churchyards, 2, 9, 15–19, 23–8 commercial, 4, 19–23, 26–8, 29 dissenter’s grounds, 17, 19 in Jacob’s Room, 5, 118–21, 131–4 in Mary Barton, 31 municipal, 4, 26–8, 29 overcrowding, 17, 21–5, 27,...

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