The Dominion of the Dead

The Dominion of the Dead

Robert Pogue Harrison

How do the dwelling continue family members to the lifeless? Why can we bury humans after they die? and what's at stake after we do? In The Dominion of the Dead, Robert Pogue Harrison considers the best value of those inquiries to Western civilization, exploring the various areas the place the lifeless cohabit the realm of the living—the graves, pictures, literature, structure, and monuments that apartment the lifeless of their afterlife between us.

This elegantly conceived paintings devotes specific recognition to the perform of burial. Harrison contends that we bury our useless to humanize the lands the place we construct our current and picture our destiny. so long as the useless are interred in graves and tombs, they by no means actually go away from this international, yet stay, if in simple terms symbolically, one of the residing. Spanning a vast variety of examples, from the graves of our first human ancestors to the empty tomb of the Gospels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Harrison additionally considers the authority of predecessors in either glossy and premodern societies. via encouraged readings of significant writers and thinkers corresponding to Vico, Virgil, Dante, Pater, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Rilke, he argues that the buried useless shape an important starting place the place destiny generations can retrieve their prior, whereas burial grounds offer a tremendous bedrock the place earlier generations can defend their legacy for the unborn.

The Dominion of the Dead is a profound meditation on how the idea of demise shapes the communion of the residing. a piece of huge scope, mind, and mind's eye, this e-book will communicate to all who've suffered grief and loss.

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