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Requiescant in Pace. Staging Nature as a Socio-Religious Practice in Highgate Cemetery


von Wyss-Giacosa, Paola (2020). Requiescant in Pace. Staging Nature as a Socio-Religious Practice in Highgate Cemetery. In: Mäder, Marie-Therese; Saviello, Alberto; Scolari, Baldassare. Highgate Cemetery : Image Practices in Past and Present. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 307-327.

Abstract

From Highgate Cemetery, a few select examples are taken as a case in point, and focused on historical and current source material that presents and represents a particular performativity attributed to nature. The author discusses facets of the theatricality of the landscape, be it the melancholic atmosphere ascribed to it, its aura of wild, romantic seclusion or its role as a peaceful abode. Indeed, such talk of ‹nature› was part of a carefully chosen rhetoric already in the first decades of the 19th century, when the cemetery was realized. It aimed at relating a specific, chosen space to a largely shared imaginary—whereby the term ‹imaginary› refers to a product of imagination, to a framework of mental and material images, to a common ground and dimension of society.

Abstract

From Highgate Cemetery, a few select examples are taken as a case in point, and focused on historical and current source material that presents and represents a particular performativity attributed to nature. The author discusses facets of the theatricality of the landscape, be it the melancholic atmosphere ascribed to it, its aura of wild, romantic seclusion or its role as a peaceful abode. Indeed, such talk of ‹nature› was part of a carefully chosen rhetoric already in the first decades of the 19th century, when the cemetery was realized. It aimed at relating a specific, chosen space to a largely shared imaginary—whereby the term ‹imaginary› refers to a product of imagination, to a framework of mental and material images, to a common ground and dimension of society.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:30 Nov 2022 13:08
Last Modified:30 Nov 2022 13:08
Publisher:Nomos
ISBN:978-3-8487-5277-5
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5771/9783845294520
Official URL:https://www.nomos-elibrary.de/10.5771/9783845294520/highgate-cemetery
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)