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.
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Names: Fleischhack, Maria, 1983- editor. | Schenkel, Elmar, 1953- editor.
Title: Ghosts – or the (nearly) invisible : spectral phenomena in literature and the media / Maria Fleischhack/Elmar Schenkel (eds.).
Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2016. | Series:
Approaches to literary phantasy | Includes bibliographical references.
Identifiers: LCCN 2016014690 | ISBN 9783631665664
Subjects: LCSH: Supernatural in literature. | Ghosts in literature. | Ghosts in motion pictures. | Future life in literature. | Ghosts. | Ghost stories—History and criticism.
Classification: LCC PN56.S8 G54 2016 | DDC 809.2/51209375—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016014690
Henri Robin and the Spectre by Eugene Thiebault, 1863.
ISBN 978-3-631-66566-4 (Print)
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