Waking the Dead

Waking the Dead

Nineteenth-century obituaries as a mirror of Maltese society (1815-c.1910)
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Code
9789995767082
ISBN
9789995767082
Year
2016
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Cover
Paperback
Size
L 19.8 cm x W 12.8 cm
Pages
194 pages
Weight
230 gr.
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Nineteenth-century obituaries did not only commemorate the dead. They also served to indicate the standards of conduct deemed respectable by the Maltese upper classes. This book analyses these obituaries on two levels. Firstly, it seeks to determine the qualities of deceased individuals according to sex, age, profession and occupation. In the second part, it considers obituaries as markers of social identity for a class of society hemmed in between the colonial power above and the mass of the poor and uneducated population below. In so doing, death notices clearly delineated the desiderata of membership to respectable society.

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