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Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife
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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and its Timings

When is Death?

Editors: McCorristine, Shane (Ed.)

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  • Interrogates the philosophical question of what death means and when it occurs
  • Explores such questions in chapters with a wide temporal and geographical span
  • Argues for the value of an interdisciplinary approach when asking such questions
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This volume provides a series of illuminating perspectives on the timings of death, through in-depth studies of Shakespearean tragedy, criminal execution, embalming practices, fears of premature burial, rumours of Adolf Hitler’s survival, and the legal concept of brain death. In doing so, it explores a number of questions, including: how do we know if someone is dead or not? What do people experience at the moment when they die? Is death simply a biological event that comes about in temporal stages of decomposition, or is it a social event defined through cultures, practices, and commemorations? In other words, when exactly is death? Taken together, these contributions explore how death emerges in a series of stages that are uncertain, paradoxical, and socially contested.   

About the authors

Shane McCorristine is a cultural historian with interests in the themes of mortality and modernity. Between 2013 and 2015 he was a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow on the ‘Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse’ project at the University of Leicester, UK. 

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“Being based in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies myself, I appreciate this volume as a valuable contribution to encouraging innovative and stimulating interdisciplinary collaboration in death studies.” (Solveiga Zibaite, Mortality, Vol. 24 (3), 2019)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-16

    McCorristine, Shane

  • Being Dead in Shakespearean Tragedy

    Pages 17-31

    Lund, Mary Ann

  • “A Candidate for Immortality”: Martyrdom, Memory, and the Marquis of Montrose

    Pages 33-47

    Bennett, Rachel

  • Overcoming Death: Conserving the Body in Nineteenth-Century Belgium

    Pages 49-67

    Deblon, Veronique (et al.)

  • Premature Burial and the Undertakers

    Pages 69-85

    Parsons, Brian

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and its Timings
Book Subtitle
When is Death?
Editors
  • Shane McCorristine
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58328-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58328-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58327-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-84473-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 167
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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