Objects Of The Dead: Mourning And Memory In Everyday Life

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, Sep 1, 2008 - Social Science - 216 pages
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What is the fate of objects after a death-a daughter's hairbrush, a father's favourite chair, an aunt's earrings, a husband's clothes? Why do some things stay and some go from our lives and memories? Objects of the Dead examines a poignant and universal experience-the death of a loved one and the often uneasy process of living with, and discarding, the objects that are left behind. How and when family property is sorted through after a death is often fraught with difficulties, regrets and disagreements. Through personal stories, literature, film and memoir Margaret Gibson reveals the power of things to bind and undo relationships. This is a remarkable reflection on grieving-of both saying goodbye and living with death.
 

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Contents

Objects of the Dead
1
Subjects
20
Values
47
Photographs
79
Clothing
103
Impersonation 131 7 Remainders
152
Haunting
183
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Dr Margaret Gibson has written widely in the areas of mourning and grief, identity and embodiment, and representations of death. She teaches sociology at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.

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