- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: Xenos Books (1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879378159
- ISBN-13: 978-1879378155
- Package Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,122,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cemeteries & Spaces of Death: Inquiries into Their Meaning : Diverse Papers
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"The book unites an eclectic collection, illustrating that since the days of Gilgamesh, death and human expression have grown together like entwined vines. Man's preoccupation with death becomes lovingly embraced without acquiring either a too morbid or an overly antiseptic tone... an extremely valuable depository of expert writings." -- CHELSEA No.62, 1997
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Unfortunately, conferences also force participants to slog through days of other, stodgy, tedious, and inaccessible essays painfully read aloud by professors who wouldn't know "voice modulation" if it climbed down their throat and bit their vocal cords.
Having attended a number of these conferences, I feel confident that this is typical of most of them.
It's also the status quo when it comes to this collection of conference essays.
The collection begins with a bang from pop-culture-referencing Katherine Sutherland who does an excellent job of channeling Camille Paglia's snide sarcasm without the vehemently anti-liberal mentality. A dizzying, wonderfully readable ride on the Gen-X vs. Baby Boomer roller coaster.
A fascinating essay from Kathleen N. Gurnett on the grisly state of Victorian-era cemeteries, charnel houses and executions and why YOU should know this to appreciate _Frankenstein_.
From out the mouth of a literature professor, a tribute to colonial viciousness, and outright lying, when it came to Aztecs and their strange ways. Grisly descriptions of sacrifice a PLUS.
I encourage you to buy this collection for these gems, OR if your particular interests lie in academic writing.