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The Victorians and Old Age$
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Karen Chase

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199564361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564361.001.0001

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Gravestones, Obituaries, Epitaphs

Gravestones, Obituaries, Epitaphs

(p.254) 7 Gravestones, Obituaries, Epitaphs
The Victorians and Old Age

Karen Chase (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the way old age is given form after death. By the end of the century it became more common to associate death with old age since mortality among the young had been greatly reduced. The interest here is to consider various ways in which Victorian culture inscribed old age within its figuration of life history. Study of the function of ‘inscriptive narratives’ helps to assess how these final perspectives illuminate the representation of the aged. Consideration of gravestone epitaphs reveals the particular associations to the death of an elderly person, and in this regard, the churchyards and cemeteries are themselves important symbols.

Keywords:   gravestones, obituaries, epitaphs, churchyard, cemetery, inscriptive narratives

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