Death, Memory, text: reading the landscape of remembrance

Authors

  • Katrina Simon

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34900/lr.v2i3.24

Abstract

Victorian cemeteries are landscapes which can be 'read' both literally and metaphorically. In this paper, one particular Victorian cemetery, the Barbadoes St Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand is considered for the different meanings that can be found in its location, layout, vegetation, tombstones and written inscriptions. The discussion focuses on how these elements of the cemetery landscape relate to the burial traditions of Western Europe, how they expressed particular concerns about death and remembrance in the Victorian era, and how they can be 'read' in the present, in order to explore the relationship between interpretation and transformation in this highly symbolic landscape.

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Published

1996-03-01

How to Cite

Simon, K. (1996). Death, Memory, text: reading the landscape of remembrance. Landscape Review, 2(3), 14–21. https://doi.org/10.34900/lr.v2i3.24

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Reflection