"Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Cry: Obituaries to Die For" - Talk by Tim Bullamore"Make 'em Laugh, Make 'em Cry: Obituaries to Die For" - Talk by Tim Bullamorehttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/211071Stokes 102 - Humanities Center2012-10-01T16:30:002012-10-01T18:00:00
October 1, 4:30PM–6:00PM
Stokes 102 - Humanities Center
Talk by obituary writer Tim Bullamore
Haverford College residency:
Life After Death: Obituaries and Why They Matter
Lecture: Monday October 1, 2012, 4.30pm, Stokes 102
Make ’em laugh, make ’em cry: Obituaries to die for
The newspaper obituary has never been more popular. The daily page cataloguing the careers and exploits of those who have died has become an institution in both the US and the UK; some newspapers have even published anthologies of their ‘best’ obituaries. In sociological terms obituaries are more than merely a good read, they also form part of the ‘collective memory’ (Fowler, 2008), prompting the question who gets an obituary and why? And who doesn’t, and why not?
In this entertaining lecture Tim Bullamore, who has written more than a thousand obituaries and who first coined the term ‘the postmodern obituary’, will try to answer this question as both a journalist and an academic. He will also trace the history of the obituary, offer some insights into the art of writing them, share some anecdotes, and discuss some of his ongoing research into the genre and its impact on the society in which we live.
Tim Bullamore is an award-winning British obituary writer. Many of his subjects have been classical musicians, but he has also written obituaries of kings, princes, politicians, actors, explorers and heroes. Tim holds an MBA from the University of Bath and has undertaken postgraduate studies into the obituary genre. He has presented papers on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Postmodern Obituary, at the University of Durham, which was recently published in Emotion Identity and Death (Ashgate Publishing). His book on the history of the Bath International Music Festival was published in 1999. Since then he has written for all the major British newspapers and appeared regularly on BBC radio. He was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bath from 2007 to 2010 and has taught at the University of Cardiff and lectured at City University, London. His obituary work recently featured in the Public Editor’s column of the New York Times.
Organized by Lisa McCormick, Department of Sociology, Haverford College.
Supported by the Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies Program and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities.
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