Coverart for item
The Resource The cemeteries of New Orleans : a cultural history, Peter B. Dedek

The cemeteries of New Orleans : a cultural history, Peter B. Dedek

Label
The cemeteries of New Orleans : a cultural history
Title
The cemeteries of New Orleans
Title remainder
a cultural history
Statement of responsibility
Peter B. Dedek
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In The Cemeteries of New Orleans, Peter B. Dedek reveals the origins and evolution of the Crescent Citys world-famous necropolises, exploring both their distinctive architecture and their cultural impact. Spanning centuries, this fascinating body of research takes readers from muddy fields of crude burial markers to extravagantly designed cities of the dead, illuminating a vital and vulnerable piece of New Orleanss identity. Where many histories of New Orleans cemeteries have revolved around the famous people buried within them, Dedek focuses on the marble cutters, burial society members, journalists, and tourists who shaped these graveyards into internationally recognizable emblems of the city. In addition to these cultural actors, Dedeks exploration of cemetery architecture reveals the impact of ancient and medieval grave traditions and styles, the citys geography, and the arrival of trained European tomb designers, such as the French architect J. N. B. de Pouilly in 1833 and Italian artist and architect Pietro Gualdi in 1851. As Dedek shows, the nineteenth century was a particularly critical era in the citys cemetery design. Notably, the cemeteries embodied traditional French and Spanish precedents, until the first garden cemeterythe Metairie Cemeterywas built on the site of an old racetrack in 1872. Like the older walled cemeteries, this iconic venue served as a lavish expression of fraternal and ethnic unity, a backdrop to exuberant social celebrations, and a destination for sightseeing excursions. During this time, cultural and religious practices, such as the celebration of All Saints Day and the practice of Voodoo rituals, flourished within the spatial bounds of these resting places. Over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, however, episodes of neglect and destruction gave rise to groups that aimed to preserve the historic cemeteries of New Orleansan endeavor, which, according to Dedek, is still wanting for resources and political will. Containing ample primary source material, abundant illustrations, appendices on both tomb styles and the history of each of the citys eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cemeteries, The Cemeteries of New Orleans offers a comprehensive and intriguing resource on these fascinating historic sites
Cataloging source
NcU/DLC
Dewey number
363.7/50976335
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F379.N562
LC item number
A23 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The cemeteries of New Orleans : a cultural history, Peter B. Dedek
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
958932418
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 262 pages
Isbn
9780807166109
Lccn
2016041524
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)958932418
Label
The cemeteries of New Orleans : a cultural history, Peter B. Dedek
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
958932418
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 262 pages
Isbn
9780807166109
Lccn
2016041524
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)958932418

Library Locations

    • Alkek LibraryBorrow it
      601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX, 78666, US
      29.888873 -97.943078
Processing Feedback ...