Spectral Phenomena in Literature and the Media
Edited By Maria Fleischhack and Elmar Schenkel
In this volume, ghost stories are studied in the context of their media, their place in history and geography. From prehistory to this day, we have been haunted by our memories, the past itself, by inklings of the future, by events playing outside our lives, and by ourselves. Hence the lure of ghost stories throughout history and presumably prehistory. Science has been a great destroyer of myth and superstition, but at the same time it has created new black boxes which we are filling with our ghostly imagination. In this book, literature from the Middle Ages to Oscar Wilde and Neil Gaiman, children’s stories, folklore and films, ranging from the Antarctic and Russia to Haiti, are covered and show the continuing presence of spectral phenomena.
About the Authors
About the Author
Maria Fleischhack lectures at Leipzig University with a focus on Victorian and Postmodern fiction and Shakespearean drama; special interest: Sherlock Holmes.
Elmar Schenkel teaches English Literature at the University of Leipzig. He has published on Wells, Conrad and Tolkien and the relations between science and literature.