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Roadside Crosses in Contemporary Memorial Culture Hardcover – Sep 11 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of North Texas Pr; 1 edition (Sept. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574411500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574411508
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,014,339 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.

About the Author

Holly Everett lived in Texas for twenty-eight years before moving to Newfoundland, Canada, where she teaches in the Department of Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her work on roadside crosses, commitment rings, and classical music radio has been published in scholarly journals and conference proceedings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A well researched scholarly study of the subject. One ... Oct. 20 2016
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A well researched scholarly study of the subject. One of the few that exist. I'm interested in this subject because 1) I've always had a religious disposition; and 2) I was a professional truck driver for over 25 years, and I've seen many accidents, deaths, and roadside memorial crosses in my travels around the USA. I was looking for a documentary on this subject and wasn't able to find a copy of it. In the process of searching for it I came across this book. I appreciate the author's scholarly approach to the subject and the fact that she took the time and made the effort to write the book. If you're at all interested in the subject of roadside memorials you should read this well researched book.