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Ghosts – or the (Nearly) Invisible

Spectral Phenomena in Literature and the Media

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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.

BIC Classifications

  • The arts (A)
    • Film, TV & radio (AP)
      • Films, cinema (APF)
  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
    • Psychology (JM)
      • Psychological theory & schools of thought (JMA)
        • Behavioural theory (Behaviourism) (JMAL)

BISAC Classifications

  • Literary Criticism (LIT)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh (LIT004120)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory (LIT006000)
  • Performing Arts (PER)
    • Film & Video (PER004)
      • PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General (PER004000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • Anthropology (SOC002)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General (SOC002000)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural (SOC002010)

THEMA Classifications

  • The Arts (A)
    • Performing arts (AT)
      • Films, cinema (ATF)
  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Regional studies (GTM)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
    • Psychology (JM)
      • Psychological theory & schools of thought (JMA)
        • Behavioural theory (Behaviourism) (JMAL)