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inklings – Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik

Geister – Einblicke in das Unsichtbare – Internationales Symposium 1. bis 3. Mai 2015 in Leipzig


Edited By Dieter Petzold

«Inklings» nannte sich eine Gruppe von Schriftstellern und Geisteswissenschaftlern in Oxford, deren bekannteste Mitglieder J.R.R. Tolkien und C.S. Lewis waren. Die Inklings-Gesellschaft e.V. widmet sich seit 1983 dem Studium und der Verbreitung der Werke dieser und ihnen nahestehender Autoren sowie der Analyse des Phantastischen in Literatur, Film und Kunst allgemein. Ihre Jahrestagungen werden in Jahrbüchern dokumentiert. Dieser Band enthält zehn Vorträge der Tagung «Ghosts – A Conference on the (Nearly) Invisible», die 2015 in Leipzig stattfand, sowie drei weitere Beiträge und zahlreiche Rezensionen.

«Inklings» was the name of a group of Oxford scholars and writers; its best-known members were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The German Inklings-Gesellschaft, founded in 1983, is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of the works of these authors and of writers commonly associated with them and to the study of the fantastic in literature, film and the arts in general. The proceedings of the annual Inklings conferences are published in yearbooks. This volume contains ten papers presented at the 2015 conference entitled «Ghosts – A Conference on the (Nearly) Invisible». In addition, there are three general articles and numerous reviews.
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Jochen Petzold - Raising Ghosts or Laying Them to Rest? Ghost Stories in Two Victorian Magazines for ‘Boys’


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Jochen Petzold

Raising Ghosts or Laying Them to Rest?

Ghost Stories in Two Victorian Magazines for ‘Boys’

This essay examines ghost stories from Boys of England and The Boy’s Own Paper, two Victorian magazines for boys that represent opposite poles on a scale of respectability. It is argued that the two magazines treat ghost stories quite differently. While the stories in Boys of England emphasize the thrilling nature of what is usually presented as truly supernatural encounters, those in The Boy’s Own Paper always provide natural explanations that deny the real existence of ghosts.

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