Death in the Victorian Family
By (author) Pat Jalland
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Death in the Victorian Family by Pat Jalland
Book DescriptionThis enthralling book explores the experience of dying, death, grieving, and mourning in the years between 1830-1920. Victorian letters and diaries reveal a deep preoccupation with death because of a shorter life expectancy, a high death rate for infants and children, and a dominant Christian culture. Drawing upon the private correspondence, diaries and death memorial of fifty-five middle and upper class families, Pat Jalland shows us how dying, death and grieving were experience by Victorian families, and how the manner and rituals of death and mourning varied with age, gender, disease, religious belief, family size and class. She examines deathbed scenes, good and bad deaths, funerals and cremations, mourning rituals, widowhood, and the roles of religion and medicine.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198208327
(234mm x 156mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pat Jalland
Death in War and Peace, Paperback (September 2012)
The history of death is a vital part of human history, and a study of dying and grief takes us to the heart of any culture. Since the First World War there has been a tendency to privatize death, and to minimize the expression of grief and the rituals of mourning. Pat Jalland explores the nature and scope of this profound cultural shift.
Women, Marriage and Politics 1860-1914, Hardback (November 1986)» View all books by Pat Jalland
This illuminating study taps a rich source of women's correspondence and diaries to build a convincing picture of their influence in Victorian and Edwardian politics, as the wives, sisters, mothers, and daughters of men in power.
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Author Biography - Pat Jalland
Pat Jalland is Associate Professor of History at Murdoch University, WA. From 27 January 1997 she will be Professor of History at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University. Her books include Women, Marriage, and Politics 1860-1914, which won the non-fiction prize in the 1987 Western Australia Week Literary Awards.
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