Charlotte’s stockings, Emily’s walking stick, Anne’s handkerchief

By SAMANTHA ELLIS

Charlotte’s stockingsDeborah Lutz
RELICS OF DEATH IN VICTORIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE
260pp. Cambridge University Press. £60 (US $90). 978 1 107 07744 7
THE BRONTË CABINET Three lives in nine objects 336pp. Norton. £17.99. (US $27.95). 978 0 393 24008 5

For the most part, we don’t keep relics the way the Victorians did. It would be hard, now, to find a story about a widow squabbling with her husband’s best friend over who could keep the heart another friend had snatched from the fire where his body was being cremated. But for Mary Shelley this was not a peculiar thing to do, particularly as other friends were also cherishing Percy’s ashes, and even giving them away as presents. As Deborah Lutz writes, death doesn’t just bring about the tragedy of turning people into things; “it might also start inanimate objects to life, cause them to travel, move about, generate meaning”.

Read the complete review

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Reviews

One response to “Charlotte’s stockings, Emily’s walking stick, Anne’s handkerchief

  1. bill stuart

    Interesting article Bruce. THanks for posting

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s