Title Death and the Enlightenment: Changing Attitudes to Death Among Christians and Unbelievers in Eighteenth-Century France
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition Very Good
Publisher Oxford/New York Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press 1981
0198264402 / 9780198264408
Seller ID 2206888
Oxford/New York: Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press. 1981. vii, 619 pp. Death and the Enlightenment is an unusual survey of the daily rituals, customs, and attitudes surrounding death and dying in 18th-century France. Focusing on the tension between the faithful and the growing ranks of unbelievers bred on Enlightenment philosophy, McManners charts the course of pestilence and plague, and examines the terrible fears connected with childbirth, disease, disfigurement, mortality, and the hereafter. He also examines suicide, public execution, and the rites surrounding the deathbed, and demonstrates how the period's ever-present concern with death and dying was transformed into the Romantic cult of melancholy that occupied the creative imagination of generations to come.KEYWORDS: DEATH HISTORY RITUAL DYING BURIAL SOCIOLOGY ANTHROPOLOGY RELIGION ENLIGHTENMENT CHRISTIAN CHRISTIANITY UNBELIEVERS EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 18TH FRANCE FRENCH Condition Notes: Edges rubbed, a few faint stains to top page ridge, minor marginalia to page two.