Title

First as a tragedy, then as a corpse

RIS ID

81331

Publication Details

Whelan, A. M. (2013). First as a tragedy, then as a corpse. In A. M. Whelan, R. Walker and C. L. Moore (Eds.), Zombies in the Academy (pp. 11-25). United Kingdom: Intellect.

Additional Publication Information

ISBN: 9781841507149

Abstract

In the south cloisters corridor at University College London, there is a large, glass-fronted mahogany case, containing the mortal remains of the English philosophical radical, Jeremy Bentham. Essentially a stuffed mannequin containing Bentham's bones, the 'auto-icon', as he called it , is armed with his walking stick (named 'Dapple', after Sancho Panza's mount), and seated at a small writing table. Bentham's remains, importantly, are not at repose: even in death, Bentham remains diligently and tirelessly productive - he is never finished being never finished.

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