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HIST5851M
Module Reading List

Death, Dying and the Dead in Twentieth-Century Britain, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Claire Martin
c.p.martin@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1: Introduction

Please read the following two of the following three pieces and one or two further pieces of your choice from the additional reading list:

*Cannadine, David, 'War, Death and Mourning in Modern Britain', in J. Whaley (ed.), Mirrors of mortality : studies in the social history of death ISBN: 0905118677 (London, 1981) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

*Ellis, Julie, ‘Thinking beyond rupture: continuity and relationality in everyday illness and dying experience’, Mortality. ISSN: 1357-6275 18:3 (2013), pp.251-69

*Jalland, Pat, ’Bereavement in the English family 1850-1980: Exploring change over time’, Family Science, Vol. 4, No. 1 (July 2013), pp. 4-11. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

 

Additional reading – this is a selection of different types of research into death, dying and the dead. Please pick something you’re interested in and be ready to talk about it to the rest of the seminar group:

Borgstrom, Erica, and Ellis, Julie, ‘Introduction: researching death, dying and bereavement’, Mortality. ISSN: 1357-6275 22:2 (2017), pp.93-104 (part of a journal special issue that may be of interest)

Clark, David, 'Between Hope and Acceptance: The Medicalisation of Dying', British medical journal. ISSN: 0959-8138; 1468-5833; 0959-8146; 0959-8154; 0959-535X; 1756-1833 (13 Apr 2002)

Gorsky, Martin, ‘Creating the Poor Law Legacy: Institutional Care for Older People Before the Welfare State’,Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462 26:4 (2012), pp.441-65

Gorer, Geoffrey, Death, Grief and Mourning (New York, 1977)

Griffiths, Clare and Anita Brock, ‘Twentieth Century Mortality Trends in England and Wales’, Health statistics quarterly. ISSN: 1465-1645, 18, Summer 2003

Jalland, Pat, Death in war and peace : a history of loss and grief in England, 1914-1970 ISBN: 9780199651887 (pbk.) : £24.95; 0199651884 (pbk.) : £24.95 (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Kellehear, Allan, A social history of dying ISBN: 9780521694292 (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Palladino, Paolo, ‘Caveat Emptor: On Time, Death and History in Late Modernity’, Rethinking history ISSN: 1364-2529 8:3 (2004), pp.403-16

Strange, Julie-Marie, ‘Death and Dying: Old Themes and New Directions’, Journal of contemporary history. ISSN: 0022-0094 35:3 (2000), pp.491-99

Vincent, David, ‘Love and Death and the Nineteenth-Century Working Class’, Social history. ISSN: 0307-1022 5:2 (1980), pp.223-247

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Week 2: Death, families and class at the turn of the century

Core reading – please reading the following two pieces:

*Jalland, Pat, ‘Death, Grief and Mourning in the Upper-Class Family, 1860-1914’ in Ralph Houlbrooke (ed.), Death, ritual and bereavement ISBN: 0415011655 (London, 1988), pp.171-87 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  OR Jalland, Pat, Death in the Victorian family ISBN: 0198201885 (Oxford, 1996) – *introduction or a chapter of your choosing Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

*Julie-Marie Strange, Strange, Julie-Marie, ‘'She Cried a Very Little': Death, Grief and Mourning in Working-Class Culture, c. 1880-1914’, Social history. ISSN: 0307-1022 27:2 (2002), pp.143-61 OR Strange, Julie-Marie, Death, grief and poverty in Britain, 1870-1914 ISBN: 9780521168625 (pbk.); 0521168627 (pbk.) (Cambridge University Press, 2005) – *Introduction or a chapter of your choosing Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Additional reading – please at least familiarize yourself with one further piece from the following list:

Dyhouse, Carol, ‘Working-Class Mothers and Infant Mortality in England, 1895-1914’, Journal of Social History. ISSN: 0022-4529 12:2 (1978), pp.248-267

Goldin, G., ‘A Protohospice at the Turn of the Century: St Luke’s House, London, from 1893 to 1921’, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. ISSN: 0022-5045 36:4 (1981), pp.383-415

Haines, M., ‘Socio-Economic Differentials in Infant and Child Mortality during Mortality Decline: England and Wales, 1890-1911’, Population studies. ISSN: 0032-4728 49:2 (1995), pp.297-315

Linkman, A., ‘Passing Trade: Death and the Family Album in Britain, 1860-1900’, The Photohistorian 123 (1998), 18-28 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 11/01/2019) 

Lutz, D., ‘The Dead Still Among Us: Victorian Secular Relics, Hair Jewelry and Death Culture’, Victorian literature and culture. ISSN: 1060-1503 39:1 (2011), pp.127-42

Roberts, B., ‘A tale of two funerals: Civic ritual, public mourning and community participation in late nineteenth-century Middlesborough’, Cultural and social history. ISSN: 1478-0038; 1478-0046 13:4 (2016), pp.467-82

Roberts, Elizabeth, 'The Lancashire Way of Death', in Ralph Houlbrooke (ed.), Death, ritual and bereavement ISBN: 0415011655 (London, 1989), pp.199-207

Strange, Julie-Marie, ‘Only a Pauper Whom Nobody Owns: Reassessing the Pauper Grave c. 1880-1914’, Past & present. ISSN: 0031-2746 178 (2003), pp.148-75

Tarlow, Sarah, "Landscapes Of Memory: The Nineteenth-Century Garden Cemetery". European journal of archaeology. ISSN: 1461-9571 3.2 (2000): 217-239

Vincent, D., ‘Love and Death and the Nineteenth-Century Working Class’, Social history. ISSN: 0307-1022 5:2 (1980), pp.223-247

Wall, R., ‘Elderly widows and widowers and their coresidents in late 19th- and early 20th-century England and Wales’, The history of the family ISSN: 1081-602X 7:1 (2002), pp.139-55

Further reading for the module will be decided in collaboration with students.

General bibliography:

Ariès, Philippe, The Hour of Our Death (London, 1981)

Ariès, Philippe, ‘The Reversal of Death: Changes in Attitudes toward Death in Western Societies’, American Quarterly. ISSN: 0003-0678 26:5 (1974), pp.536-50

Bauman, Zygman, Mortality, immortality & other life strategies (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1992)

Clark, David (ed.), The Sociology of death : theory, culture, practice ISBN: 0631190570 (Oxford, 1993)

Cline, Sally, Lifting the taboo : women, death, and dying ISBN: 9780814714065 (pbk.); 0814713661; 0814714064 (pbk.) (London, 1995)

Curl, James Steven, The Victorian celebration of death ISBN: 0750923180; 0750938730 (pbk.) (2004)

Field, David, Hockey, Jenny, and Small, Neil (eds), Death, gender and ethnicity ISBN: 041514678X; 0415146798 (London: Routledge, 1997)

Hallam, Elizabeth, Hockey, Jenny and Howarth, Glennys, Beyond the body : death and social identity ISBN: 0415182921 (pbk.) : £15.99; 0415182913 (London: Routledge, 1999)

Hockey, Jenny, Katz, Jeanne, and Small, Neil (eds), Grief, mourning and death ritual ISBN: 0335205011 (pbk.) : £16.99; 033520502X (Buckingham: Open University Press, 2001)

Houlbrooke, Ralph, Death, ritual and bereavement ISBN: 0415011655 (London, 1989)

Jupp, Peter, From Dust to Ashes: the Replacement of Burial by Cremation in England 1849-1967 (London, 1990)   

Jupp, Peter,From dust to ashes : cremation and the British way of death ISBN: 9780230511088 (e-book) (Basingstoke, 2006)

Kellehear, Allan, The study of dying : from autonomy to transformation ISBN: 9780521739054 (paperback); 9780521517676 (hardback) (2009)

Klass, Dennis, Phyllis R. Silverman and Stephen L. Nickman (eds), Continuing bonds : new understandings of grief ISBN: 1560323396 (paper : alk. paper); 1560323361 (cloth : alk. paper) (Routledge, 1996) 

Litten, Julian, The English way of death : the common funeral since 1450 ISBN: 9780709047773; 0709047770 (London, 1991)

Maddrell, Avril, and Sidaway (eds), Deathscapes : spaces for death, dying, mourning and remembrance ISBN: 9780754679752 (hbk.); 0754679756 (hbk.); 9780754699354 (ebk.) (Routledge, 2010)

Nájera, Jennifer R., ‘Remembering Migrant Life: Family Collective Memory and Critical Consciousness in the Midcentury Migrant Stream’, Oral history review ISSN: 0094-0798 45:2 (2018), pp.211-231

Ranum, Orest, ‘A Skeleton Comes Out of the Closet: Historians Explore Attitudes Toward Death’, Bulletin of the history of medicine. ISSN: 0007-5140 57:3 (1983), pp.450-7

Rosenow, Michael K. Death and dying in the working class, 1865-1920 ISBN: 9780252097119 (e-book) (2015)

Strange, Julie-Marie, Death, grief and poverty in Britain, 1870-1914 ISBN: 9780521168625 (pbk.); 0521168627 (pbk.) (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Tarlow, Sarah, Bereavement and commemoration : an archaeology of mortality ISBN: 9780631206149 paperback; 0631206132 hardback; 9780631206132 hardback; 0631206140 paperback (Oxford, Blackwell: 1999)

Whaley, Joachim (ed.), Mirrors of mortality : studies in the social history of death ISBN: 0905118677 (London, 1981)

This list was last updated on 10/01/2019