The first section of this dissertation defines and examines two modes that I refer to as sentimental and counter-sentimental narrativity. The two chapters in this section examine antebellum texts in order to argue that while sentimental narrativity expresses a cultural fantasy of wholeness, sacred domesticity, and transcendent spirituality, counter-sentimental narrativity emerges as a vein within sentimentalism that both espoused and struggled against the limitations of sentimental tradition. Section two considers the context of the American Civil War and the authority that sentimental mourning exerted in shaping how the meaning of wartime death was understood and narrated in nurses' memoirs and in public elegiac speech. Every chapter turns on the role of commemoration in how individual and cultural histories are narrated.Ellswortha#39;s prominence, and the preservation of his body underscored his marytrdom rather than any prominence in life. ... We would make the dead to a stay a little longer, a by surrounding them with things which really belong to this world but which we have thereby consecrated to uses on the passage to the next. ... Why did the Egyptian embalm and emblazon? ... be contained in lockets or rings to be worn as part of a mournera#39;s daily attire long past the designated period of mourning.
|Title||:||Embalming in Memory: Mourning, Narrativity, and Historiography in the Nineteenth-century United States|
|Author||:||Ashley M. Byock|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|