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Ghosts exist as a means of expressing our concerns for life and death, the passing of time, and the conscious and unconscious minds. The powerful metaphor of haunting has been used as an intellectual tool by writers and thinkers such as Marx, Freud, and Derrida in the fields of politics, psychoanalysis and philosophy. Ghosts is the first collection of theoretical essays that interrogates these ghosts, employing a variety of theoretical perspectives to consider the efficacy and use of the concepts of haunting and spectrality as they appear in literature, culture, and theory.

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Positing the idea of the ghost not as a physical presence but as a means of expressing concerns about life and death, the passing of time, and the conscious and unconscious mind, the contributors discuss the powerful metaphor of haunting as it has been used as a metaphorical tool by writers and thinkers such as Marx, Freud, and Derrida and in fields ranging from technology to psychoanalysis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312217396
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Buse teaches in the English Department at the University of Cardiff.

Andrew Stott is a Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Future for Haunting--Peter Buse and Andrew Stott
Part I: Spectrality and Theory
• Specters of Engels--Willy Maley
• On the Ghostly Origins of Psychoanalysis--Roger Luckhurst
Phantasmagoria: Walter Benjamin and the Poetics of Urban Modernism--Christina Britzolakis
• Spectre and Impurity: History and the Transcendental in Derrida and Adorno--Nigel Mapp
Part II: Uncanny Fictions
• Anachrony and Anatopia: Specters of Marx, Derrida and Gothic Fiction--Ruth Parkin-Gounelas
• Theft, Terror and Family Values: The Mysteries and Domesticities of Udolpho --Natalka Freeland
• The Medium of Exchange--Mandy Merck
• The Post-Colonial Ghost Story--Ken Gelder
Part III: Spectral Culture
• The Machine in the Ghost: Spiritualism, Technology, and the "Direct Voice"--Stephen Connor
• Angels in the Architecture: The Economy of the Supernatural--Clive Bloom
• The Other Side of Plato's Wall--Ralph Noyes
• Index

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