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Mourning Glory

“Not only does the wearing of black protect the mourner from unnecessary levity; but it reminds everyone else that they’ll eventually be in that position, too, and it stirs empathy.” Debra Mancoff, a scholar of art, culture, and fashion, walks us through the conventions and sartorial semiotics of mourning in Victorian England and America, and tells us how attitudes toward death and dying have changed over the years.

In addition to writing extensively on the topic, Mancoff is a long-time instructor in the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars program.

Mourning Glory by Shelf Life, from the Newberry Library