Dead body: Historical

Bailey, J. 2014

‘Tell me about my boy: World War II graves registration in Europe and the repatriation of PFC Allison R. Jackson’, Markers, 29, 108-123.

Bertherat, B. 2023

‘L’anomie mortuaire de la morgue Paris, XIXe siècle: caractéristiques, limites, évolutions’, in A. Carol & I. Renaudet (eds) Des Morts qui Dérogent: Á L’Écart des Normes Funéraires XIXe-XXe siècles, Aix-en-Provence: Presses Universaires de Provence, 45-66.

Bourke, J. 1996

Dismembering the Male: Men’s Bodies, Britain and the Great War, London: Reaktion Books.

Brownlee, E. 2020

Brownlee, E.C. (2020) ‘The dead and their possessions: the declining agency of the cadaver in early medieval Europe’, European Journal of Archaeology, 23:3, 406-427.

Carol, A. 2019

‘Embalming and the materiality of death (France, nineteenth century)’, Mortality, 24:2, 183-192.

Cavicchioli, S. & Provero, L. (eds) 2019

Public Uses of Human Remains and Relics in History, New York: Routledge.

Faust, D. 2008

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, Vintage Civil War Library: New York.

Finucane, R. 1981

‘Sacred corpse, profane carrion: social ideals and death rituals in the Later Middle Ages’, in J. Whaley (ed.) Mirrors of Mortality, London: Europa, 40-60.

Fornaciari, A., Giuffra, V. & Pezzini, F. 2010

‘Secondary burial and mummification practices in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies’, Mortality, 15:3, 223-249.

Harding, V. 2000

‘Whose body? A study of attitudes towards the dead body in early modern Paris’ in B. Gordon and P. Marshall (eds) The Place of the Dead: Death and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 170-187.

Hope, V. & Marshall, E. 2000

‘Contempt and respect: the treatment of the corpse in ancient Rome’, in V. Hope and E. Marshall (eds) Death and Disease in the Ancient City, London: Routledge, 116-139.

Hurren, E. 2014

Dying for Victorian Medicine: English Anatomy and its Trade in the Dead Poor, c. 1834-1929, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Noakes, L. 2019

‘Valuing the dead: death, burial, and the body in Second World War Britain’, Critical Military Studies, 6:2, 224-242.

Outka, E. 2014

‘” Wood for the coffins ran out”: Modernism and the shadowed afterlife of the influenza pandemic’, Modernism/modernity, 21:4, 937-960.

Quigley, C. 1998

Modern Mummies: the Preservation of the Human Body in the Twentieth Century, Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company.

Quigley, C. 1996

The Corpse: a History, Jefferson NC, MacFarland and Co.

Scandura, J. 1996

‘Deadly professions: Dracula, undertakers and the embalmed corpse’, Victorian Studies, 40, 1, 1-30.

Schwyzer, P. 2007

Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Searcy, E. 2014

‘The dead belong to the living: disinterment and custody of dead bodies in nineteenth-century America’, Journal of Social History, 48:1, 112-134.

Swan, R. 2000

‘Prelude and aftermath to the Doctor’s Riot of 1788: a religious interpretation of black and white reaction to grave robbing’, New York History, 81:4, 417-56.


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