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Death and the enlightenment : changing attitudes to death among Christians and unbelievers in eighteenth-century France

Author: John McManners
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1981.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McManners, John.
Death and the enlightenment.
Oxford [Oxfordshire] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1981
(OCoLC)648378309
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John McManners
ISBN: 0198264402 9780198264408
OCLC Number: 8591276
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: vii, 619 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Death's Arbitrary View --
Defences Against Death: Eighteenth-Century Medicine --
The Shadow of Death and the Art of Living --
Statistics, Hopes, and Fears --
The Soul, Heaven, and Hell --
The Afterlife: Doubts and Reconsiderations --
Preparation for Death --
Deathbeds --
Funerals --
Graveyards: Patriotism, Poetry, and Grim Realities --
Death as an Instrument: The Public Execution --
Suicide --
Living, Loving, and Dying
Responsibility: John McManners.
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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.

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