Alas, Poor Ghost!: Traditions of Belief in Story and Discourse / Edition 1

Alas, Poor Ghost!: Traditions of Belief in Story and Discourse / Edition 1

by Gillian Bennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0874212774

ISBN-13: 9780874212778

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Utah State University Press

Bennett interviewed women in Manchester, England, asking them about ghosts and other supernatural experiences and beliefs. (Her discussion of how her research methods and interview techniques evolved is in itself valuable.) She first published the results of the study in the well-received Traditions of Belief: Women and the Supernatural, which has been used…  See more details below

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Bennett interviewed women in Manchester, England, asking them about ghosts and other supernatural experiences and beliefs. (Her discussion of how her research methods and interview techniques evolved is in itself valuable.) She first published the results of the study in the well-received Traditions of Belief: Women and the Supernatural, which has been used internationally in folklore, women's studies, and other courses. "Alas, Poor Ghost!" thoroughly revises and expands that work. In addition to a fuller presentation and analysis of the original field research, the author has updated the text to incorporate more recent studies and assisted by Kate Bennett, a gerontological psychologist, analyzed new research with a group of women in Leicester, England. This last addition focuses on the role of bereavement and witnessing in contact with the dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874212778
Publisher:
Utah State University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1Belief and Disbelief9
Ch. 2Contact with the Dead39
Ch. 3Witnesses, Bereavement, and the Sense of Presence77
Ch. 4From Private Experience to Public Performance115
Ch. 5"Alas, Poor Ghost!"139
App. 1Collecting the Data173
The Manchester Study173
The Leicester Study178
App. 2Transcribing Spoken Texts183
App. 3The Manchester Respondents189
App. 4Linguistic Clues to Belief and Disbelief193
App. 5Word Lists Showing Story Patterns in Memorates195
Notes199
References Cited207
Index221

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