By Lauren Berlant
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The good woman treasured objects associated with her deceased kin and was fond of decorating her house and her person with remains of the body—with locks of hair, for example, braided and mounted. ”11 There may have been multiple, conflicting modes of aggression in the tactics of renunciation and memory that marked feminine displays of bereavement. Officially, there was insistence on the spiritual dimension of life. Kenneth Silverman writes: American culture [preached] from every quarter the duty of remembering the dead.
Susan Moeller, Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War, and Death (New York: Routledge, 1999), p. 321. 10. , A Call to Character: A Family Treasury (New York: HarperCollins, 1996). 11. Oxford English Dictionary, “Compassion,” vol. 2, ed. Mozley (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989), p. 597. 12. Rev. James Gardner, Faiths of the World: A Dictionary of All Religions and Religious Sects, Their Doctrines, Rights, Ceremonies, and Customs, Div. 3 (London: Fullarton, 1857), p. 570.
We enter the tale proper through the psychasthenic husband’s absentmindedness: “I cannot, for my soul, remember how, when, or even precisely where, I first became acquainted with the lady Ligeia” (1984a, 262). Nor does he know her origins: “Of her family —I have surely never heard her speak”; “I have never known the paternal name of her who was my friend and my betrothed, and who later became the partner of my studies, and finally the wife of my bosom” (1984a, 262). 43 Her skin was ivory and marble (1984a, 263).
Compassion: The Culture and Politics of an Emotion (Essays from the English Institute) by Lauren Berlant