This presentation details the physical and psychological changes occurring within 19th century American society, particularly in relation to the influence of English Romanticism, Neoclassical Revival, and the Picturesque on rural cemetery construction and function. Throughout the presentation the presenter will examine Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, MA) and Mt. Hope Cemetery (Rochester, NY), both noteworthy examples of the new trend in 19th century rural cemeteries. They perpetuated a sort of 'necrotourism,' with the intention of being places for the living to enjoy, rather than for the deceased to be inhumed. Also discussed will be the differential treatment of tombstone iconography and landscape features unique to 19th century rural cemeteries. As public institutions of bereavement, these funerary parks demonstrated a growing culture of sentimentality and a conscious movement away from 18th century pessimism perpetuated by negative associations with death and burial.
|Presenter:||Paige Doerner (Graduate Student)|
|Time:||3 pm Session IV|