Skin, Meaning, and Symbolism in Pet Memorials

Skin, Meaning, and Symbolism in Pet Memorials

by Racheal Harris

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In response to increased academic interest in the fields of death studies, memorial studies, and human and animal studies, Skin, Meaning and Symbolism in Pet Memorials examines the mourning rituals which exist between people and their domestic pets.

Paying close attention to the changing role and increased prominence of the companion animal in the domestic setting, each chapter considers a different form of companion animal memorialization, linking modern practices such as tattooing to historical examples of animal focused memento mori, particularly taxidermy. The final chapter adopts a forward focus in its provision of a framework for future studies related to how death and memorialization rituals are increasingly coming to occupy the digital space. While skin and touch are the focal points of many encounters explored in the text, what becomes evident is how the virtual realm is increasingly intruding into the touch experience. As a result, the posthumous, online afterlives of pets are set to become a social issue of increasing significance to the death and mourning experience.

This work meets the needs of academics, post-graduate students and general readers alike, appealing to anyone with an interest in death studies, popular culture, tattooing and human and animal studies.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163091652
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2019
Series: Emerald Studies in Death and Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Racheal Harris is an author and researcher working within the areas of religion, death, popular culture and science fiction. She has contributed to a number of edited collections on topics including: Pirates in Romance Fiction; religion in James Cameron’s Terminator franchise; and, depictions of death and folklore in The CW series, Supernatural.

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