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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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Joanna Kokot - Where Do the Ghosts Dwell? William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki the Ghost-finder and the Function of the Embedded Tale Convention


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Joanna Kokot

Where Do the Ghosts Dwell?

William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki the Ghost-finder and the Function of the Embedded Tale Convention

In 1910 William Hope Hodgson started to publish his stories featuring Thomas Carnacki, a detective investigating supernatural phenomena and occurrences rather than common criminal cases. The protagonist is faced with the whole spectrum of supernatural apparitions, but it is not always clear whether they are really supernatural or mere fakes. All the tales are told by Carnacki himself; however, they are set in narrative frames where – contrary to the tales proper – no ghosts and other apparitions are ‘allowed’. The paper is devoted to the relation between the two narratives – the frame and the embedded stories – dealing in particular with the question concerning the effectiveness of the barrier which separates the safe world of Carnacki’s listeners (and, by implication, the readers of the stories) from the sinister reality of the detective’s adventures.

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