Memorials: Inscriptions

Anderson, K., Sielski, C., Miles, E. & Dunfee, A. 2011

‘Gardens of stone: searching for evidence of secularization and acceptance of death in grave inscriptions from 1900-2009’, OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying, 64: 4, 359-71.

Baghdad Mohamed, H. 2013

‘Funerary inscriptions in Algeria: anthropo-philosophical reflections’, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Thought, 3:2, 37-49.

Batten, S. 2009

‘Exploring a language of grief in First World War headstone inscriptions’, in N. Saunders & P. Cornish (eds) Contested Objects: Material Memories of the Great War, London: Routledge, 163-177.

Bertrand, R. 2005

“Que de vertus”: Les épitaphes édifiantes des débuts du XIXe siècle’, in R. Bertrand, A. Carol & J-N. Pelen (eds) Les Narrations de la Mort, Aix-en-Provence: Press Universitaires de Province, 241-255.

Beyern, B. 2000

‘Laughing in the Père Lachaise Cemetery: humorous French epitaphs on tombstones’, Revue d’Esthetique, 38, 23-27.

Brown, H. 2008

A Scottish Graveyard Miscellany: Exploring the Folk Art of Scotland’s Gravestones, Edinburgh: Berlinn.

Diem, W. & Scholler, M. 2004

The Living and the Dead in Islam: Studies in Arabic Epitaphs, Volume Two: Epitaphs in Context, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

Eckert, E. 2001

‘Gravestones and the linguistic ethnography of Czech-Moravians in Texas’, Markers, 8, 146-187.

Edgett, J. 1989

‘The epitaph and personality revelation’ in R.Meyer (ed.) Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture, Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 87-102.

Eldem, E. 2007

‘Urban voices from beyond: identity, status and social strategies in Ottoman Muslim funerary epitaphs of Istanbul (1700‐1850)’, in V. Aksan and D. Goffman (eds.) The Early Modern Ottomans: Remapping the Empire, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 233– 255.

Gustavsson, A. 2015

‘Death, dying and bereavement in Norway and Sweden in recent times’, Humanities, 4:2, 224-235.

Gustavsson, A. 2014

Grave Memorials as Cultural Heritage in Western Sweden with a Focus on the 1800s. A Study of Materials, Society, Inscribed Texts and Symbols, Oslo: Novus Forlag.

Gustavsson, A. 2003

‘Gravestones in Norway and Sweden considered in their symbolic perspective: cultural differences between the two countries during the 1990s’, Arv: Nordic Yearbook of Folklore, 59, 57-99

Guthke, K. 2003

Epitaph Culture in the West, Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Hayward, S. 2019

‘Colonial expressions of identity in funerals, cemeteries and funerary monuments of nineteenth-century Perth, Western Australia’, Genealogy, 2:3,

Newstok, S. 2009

Quoting Death in Early Modern England: The Poetics of Epitaphs Beyond the Tomb, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Nosonovsky, M. 2009

‘Folk beliefs, mystic and superstitions in Ashkenazi and Karaite tombstone inscriptions from Ukraine’, Markers, 26, 120-147.

Patrick, M. 2002

‘Gone from our homes but not from our hearts: nineteenth-century epitaphs in selected Florida rural cemeteries’, Sunland Tribune, 28 article 6.

Pezzoli-Olgiat, D. 2020

Performing difference in front of death: material, bodily and spatial practice’, in M-T. Mäder, A. Saviello & B. Scolari (eds) Highgate Cemetery: Image Practices in Past and Present, ebooks, Nomos, 53-77.

Ryan, S. 2020

“Simply to thy Cross I cling”: Hymns and the performance of memory in Victorian Highgate Cemetery’, in M-T. Mäder, A. Saviello & B. Scolari (eds) Highgate Cemetery: Image Practices in Past and Present, ebooks, Nomos, 255-271.


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