ROADSIDE CROSSES IN CONTEMPORARY MEMORIAL CULTURE

Holly Everett, Author . Univ. of North Texas $22.95 (160p) ISBN 978-1-57441-150-8

Everyone sees them—roadside shrines that are spontaneously erected to commemorate a highway death or fatal accident. In this short but perceptive academic study, Everett outlines the multiple purposes of erecting a roadside shrine: it helps friends, relatives and strangers cope with their sudden loss; serves as a meeting place for the bereft; calls public attention to the death; and communicates a "grim warning" to other motorists. Everett's study is narrow; she examines only Christian artifacts and shrines, and her primary research was conducted entirely in Texas. However, as she notes, there is a certain universality to these roadside memorials, which spring up all across the country with a ghostly familiarity. Everett's book will be esteemed by academics and folklorists who specialize in material culture, but also by general readers who are able to look beyond scholarly references. Twenty-five b&w photos demonstrate some of the crosses and shrines discussed in the book. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/26/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
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