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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874212778
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,307,716
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Belief and Disbelief 9
Ch. 2 Contact with the Dead 39
Ch. 3 Witnesses, Bereavement, and the Sense of Presence 77
Ch. 4 From Private Experience to Public Performance 115
Ch. 5 "Alas, Poor Ghost!" 139
App. 1 Collecting the Data 173
The Manchester Study 173
The Leicester Study 178
App. 2 Transcribing Spoken Texts 183
App. 3 The Manchester Respondents 189
App. 4 Linguistic Clues to Belief and Disbelief 193
App. 5 Word Lists Showing Story Patterns in Memorates 195
Notes 199
References Cited 207
Index 221
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