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Roadside Crosses in Contemporary Memorial Culture [Hardcover]

Holly Everett

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press; 1 edition (Sept. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574411500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574411508
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,230,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Everyone sees them-roadside shrines that are spontaneously erected to commemorate a highway death or fatal accident. In this short but perceptive academic study, Everett outlines the multiple purposes of erecting a roadside shrine: it helps friends, relatives and strangers cope with their sudden loss; serves as a meeting place for the bereft; calls public attention to the death; and communicates a "grim warning" to other motorists. Everett's study is narrow; she examines only Christian artifacts and shrines, and her primary research was conducted entirely in Texas. However, as she notes, there is a certain universality to these roadside memorials, which spring up all across the country with a ghostly familiarity. Everett's book will be esteemed by academics and folklorists who specialize in material culture, but also by general readers who are able to look beyond scholarly references. Twenty-five b&w photos demonstrate some of the crosses and shrines discussed in the book.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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