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How do the living maintain relations to the dead? Why do we bury people when they die? And what is at stake when we do? In The Dominion of the Dead, Robert Pogue Harrison considers the supreme importance of these questions to Western civilization, exploring the many places where the dead cohabit the world of the living—the graves, images, literature, architecture, and monuments that house the dead in their afterlife among us.

This elegantly conceived work devotes particular attention to the practice of burial. Harrison contends that we bury our dead to humanize the lands where we build our present and imagine our future. As long as the dead are interred in graves and tombs, they never truly depart from this world, but remain, if only symbolically, among the living. Spanning a broad range of examples, from the graves of our first human ancestors to the empty tomb of the Gospels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Harrison also considers the authority of predecessors in both modern and premodern societies. Through inspired readings of major writers and thinkers such as Vico, Virgil, Dante, Pater, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Rilke, he argues that the buried dead form an essential foundation where future generations can retrieve their past, while burial grounds provide an important bedrock where past generations can preserve their legacy for the unborn.

The Dominion of the Dead is a profound meditation on how the thought of death shapes the communion of the living. A work of enormous scope, intellect, and imagination, this book will speak to all who have suffered grief and loss.

About the Author

Robert Pogue Harrison is the Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature and chairs the Department of French and Italian at Stanford University. He is the author of The Body of Beatrice and Forests: The Shadow of Civilization, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

Note on References

1. The Earth and Its Dead

2. Hic Jacet

3. What Is a House?

4. The Voice of Grief

5. The Origin of Our Basic Words

6. Choosing Your Ancestor

7. Hic Non Est 000

8. The Names of the Dead

9. The Afterlife of the Image

Notes

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226317939
Author:
Harrison
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Harrison, Robert Pogue
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Historical Studies of Urban America
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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