Roadside Crosses in Contemporary Memorial Culture by Holly Everett

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"In this study of roadside crosses, the first of its kind, Holly Everett presents the history of these unique commemoratives and their relationship to contemporary memorial culture. The meaning of these markers is presented in the words of grieving parents, high school students, public officials, and private individuals whom the author interviewed during her fieldwork in Texas." "Everett covers more than thirty-five memorial sites with twenty-five photographs representing the wide range of creativity. Examining the complex interplay of politics, culture, and belief, she emphasizes the importance of religious expression in everyday life and analyzes responses to death that this tradition illustrates." "Roadside crosses are a meeting place for communication, remembrance, and reflection, embodying on-going relationships between the living and the dead. They are a bridge between personal and communal pain - and one of the oldest forms of memorial culture." Scholars in Folklore, American studies, cultural geography, cultural/social history, and material culture studies will be especially interested in this study.

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Holly Everett lived in Texas for twenty-eight years before moving to Newfoundland, Canada, where she is presently a doctoral candidate and Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies in the Department of Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Published September 11, 2002 by University of North Texas Press. 160 pages
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Everyone sees them—roadside shrines that are spontaneously erected to commemorate a highway death or fatal accident.

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