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Joost Fontein

7 Remaking the dead, uncertainty and the torque of human materials in northern Zimbabwe Joost Fontein Introduction In Zimbabwe the politics of heritage, memory and commemoration has been the subject of considerable academic and public debate for a long time. In March 2011, however, this took a decidedly macabre twist when reports, accompanied with graphic photographs and video footage, emerged of massive war veteran-led exhumations taking place at the disused Monkey William mine at Bembera Village in Chibondo in Mount Darwin (northern Zimbabwe), where the

in Governing the dead
Bronwen Everill

‘creole elite’ who believed they would benefit from a shared, non-ethnic British cultural identity: all of these challenge the image of a British world made up exclusively of the British diaspora. 5 It is clear that empires have a much wider impact on material culture than an examination of exclusively white settler colonies would suggest. The ‘footprint’ of empire is often seen in the physical landscape as

in The cultural construction of the British world
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Felicia Hemans and Burial at Sea in the Nineteenth-Century Imaginary
Jessica Roberson

This article identifies sea-burial as a topos of the early nineteenth-century imaginary that draws on both Gothic tropes and Romantic reformulations of Gothic aesthetics in order to signal a sea changed poetics of shifting dislocation, decay, and denial in the work of Felicia Hemans. The loss of a corpse at sea makes visible the extent to which any act of posthumous identification relies upon a complex network actively maintained by the living. This article will also develop our understanding of the ways in which Gothic tropes of burial might extend into specifically maritime literary cultures of the early nineteenth century. This strand of a nautical Gothic reflects not only nineteenth-century anxieties about nautical death but the corporeality of both individual and cultural memory. Such representations of sea-burial negotiate a nautical Gothic aesthetic that might propel new understanding of the relationship between poetry and the material dimensions of affective memorialization.

Gothic Studies
Pirkko A. Koppinen

Fire ‘is a rapid chemical oxidative reaction that generates heat, light and produces a range of chemical products’. 1 Since early hominins harnessed fire at least 500,000 years ago and ‘learned to maintain and control ignition’, fire has had a profound material effect on human beings, 2 including those living in early medieval England, who depended on fire as a technology for heating, cooking, lighting, and manufacturing. 3 This chapter focuses on references to fire in the clues of the duplicate texts of Legbysig and Ligbysig (R.30a and b), and is

in Riddles at work in the early medieval tradition
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Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library