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The stories behind Egyptian mummies in museums

Two mummies buried in a museum garden … a coffin that rotates … skulls amassed for dubious research … What if the most interesting stories about Egyptian mummies are not the ones you know?

Mummified explores the curious, unsettling and controversial stories of the Egyptian mummies held by museums in France and Britain. From powdered mummies consumed as medicine, to mummies unrolled in public, dissected for race studies and DNA-tested in modern laboratories, there is a lot more to these ancient human remains than meets the eye. Following mummies on their journeys from Egypt to museums and private collections in Paris, London, Leicester and Manchester, the book revisits the history of these bodies that have fascinated Europeans for so long.

Mummified explores stories of life and death, of collecting and viewing, and of interactions – sometimes violent and sometimes moving – that raise questions about the essence of what makes us human.

Stages of mortality

This book provides an ambitious overview of how topics related to death and dying are explored in modern Western theatre, covering a time-span of over a hundred years and engaging multiple cultural contexts. In a series of micronarratives beginning in the late nineteenth century, this book considers how and why death and dying are represented at certain historical moments using dramaturgy and aesthetics that challenge audiences’ conceptions, sensibilities and sense-making faculties. Chapters focus on the ambiguous evocation of death in symbolist theatre; fantastical representations of death in plays about the First World War; satires of death denial in absurdist drama; ‘theatres of catastrophe’ after Auschwitz and Hiroshima; and drama about dying in the early twenty-first century. The book includes a mix of well-known and lesser-known plays and performance pieces from an international range of dramatists and theatre-makers. It offers original interpretations through close reading and performance analysis, informed by scholarship from diverse fields, including history, sociology and philosophy.It investigates the opportunities theatre affords to reflect on the end of life in a compelling and socially meaningful fashion. Written in a lively, accessible style, this book will be of interest to scholars of modern Western theatre and those interested in death studies.

Youth, pop and the rise of Madchester

Madchester may have been born at the Haçienda in the summer of 1988, but the city had been in creative ferment for almost a decade prior to the rise of Acid House. The End-of-the-Century Party is the definitive account of a generational shift in popular music and youth culture, what it meant and what it led to. First published right after the Second Summer of Love, it tells the story of the transition from New Pop to the Political Pop of the mid-1980s and its deviant offspring, Post-Political Pop. Resisting contemporary proclamations about the end of youth culture and the rise of a new, right-leaning conformism, the book draws on interviews with DJs, record company bosses, musicians, producers and fans to outline a clear transition in pop thinking, a move from an obsession with style, packaging and synthetic sounds to content, socially conscious lyrics and a new authenticity.

This edition is framed by a prologue by Tara Brabazon, which asks how we can reclaim the spirit, energy and authenticity of Madchester for a post-youth, post-pop generation. It is illustrated with iconic photographs by Kevin Cummins.

The slow violence of austerity Britain
Anthony Ellis

. , and Phoenix , J. ( 2020 ). Antisocial shifts in social policy and serious youth violence: evidence from the cross-party Youth Violence Commission , British Journal of Community Justice , 16 ( 2 ), 4–27 . Matthews-King , A. ( 2017 ). Landmark study links Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths . Independent .

in How the other half lives
Rosemary Horrox

, society and demography in Halesowen 1270-1400 , Cambridge, 1980 , chapter 2. But for a warning of the problems inherent in charting population movement in this period see Richard M. Smith, ‘Demographic developments in rural England, 1300-48: a survey’, in B. M. S. Campbell (ed), Before the Black Death: studies in the ‘crisis’ of the

in The Black Death
Bereavement, time, and home spaces in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and Home
Lucy Clarke

1 For an exception to this in psychiatric literature, see Colin Murray Parkes “Grief: Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future.” Death Studies 26.5 (2002): 367–385, in which the author uses literary history to trace responses to bereavement. For the only literary critic to draw extensively on psychological models of bereavement, see the work of Harold K. Bush Jr, notably Continuing Bonds with the Dead: Parental Grief and Nineteenth-century Authors. University of Alabama Press, 2016

in Marilynne Robinson
Barry Lyons

Disease in Childhood-­Fetal and Neonatal Edition, 92: F104. Black, K. (2007) ‘Health care professionals’ death attitudes, experiences, and advance directive communication behaviour’, Death Studies, 31: 563. Blackwood, B., Alderdice, F., Burns, K., Cardwell, C., Lavery, G. and O’Halloran, P. (2011) ‘Use of weaning protocols for reducing duration of mechanical ventilation in critically ill adult patients: Cochrane systematic review and meta-­analysis’, British Medical Journal, 342: 7237. Boyd, E.A., Lo, B., Evans, L.R., Malvar, G., Apatira, L., Luce, J.M. and White, D

in Ethical and legal debates in Irish healthcare
Mnemotechnics and the ghost of ‘the folk’
Sas Mays

’ – ‘under religion, self-help, inspirational, New Age, non-fiction, or maybe philosophy, or death studies, or grief’. God, then, gives it ‘its own shelf to rest on’ by being at the top of the best-seller list.45 It is the very eradication of the problems of taxonomy and memory here, and the sense that everything in knowledge and life has its place, its ‘slot’, that gestures towards its inverse. Indeed, the moral messages of Eadie’s book, concerning broken homes, Machine-Ghost.indb 192 6/12/2013 12:11:44 PM From the premodern to the postmodern  193 abortion, healthcare

in The machine and the ghost
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Anna Green
Kathleen Troup

the reasons for scholarly opposition to using epitaphs to recover emotions: the sentiments expressed are conventional rather than “genuine”; King, “Commemoration of Infants on Roman Funerary Inscriptions,” in The Epigraphy of Death: Studies in the History and Society of Greece and Rome , ed. G. J. Oliver (Liverpool, 2000), pp. 119–21. But we have seen that emotions are indeed expressed through conventions and for conventional, habitual, and “automatic” purposes. It is only the hydraulic view that demands that emotions “well up” spontaneously; the social

in The houses of history
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Gervase Rosser

–8. 47 B. Harvey, ‘Introduction: the “crisis” of the early fourteenth century’, in B. M. S. Campbell (ed.), Before the Black Death: Studies in the ‘Crisis’ of the Early Fourteenth Century , Manchester, 1991, pp. 1–24; W. C. Jordan, The Great Famine: Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century , Princeton, 1996

in Towns in medieval England