‘…… in the course of its history, a society can make a heterotopia that exists and has not ceased to exist operate in a very different way; in fact, each heterotopia has a precise and specific operation within the society, and the same heterotopia can have one operation or another, depending on the synchrony of the culture in which it is found….. I will take as an example the curious heterotopia of the cemetery’
This is one of a pair of essays in which I examine the space that Foucault discusses in most detail in his lecture on heterotopia: the cemetery. After providing a brief history of the spaces of the dead, I concentrate on the development of the modern cemetery in nineteenth century England and particularly the work of John Claudius Loudon. I analyse the new operation of the cemetery as a diverse space of utility.
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Related resources and links.
1. More on John Claudius Loudon (1783-1843)
2. In my essay on the development of the modern cemetery, I refer to Foucault’s best known work on the birth of the modern prison. Here Foucault talks about his study of prisons and disciplinary techniques.