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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields is an exploration of the undercurrents and flipside of bucolic dreams and where they meet and intertwine with the parallel worlds of hauntology; it connects layered and, at times, semi-hidden cultural pathways and signposts, journeying from acid folk to edgelands via electronic music innovators, folkloric film and ph ...more
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Published March 1st 2018 by A Year In The Country
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Forrest
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
If I’m not mistaken, all the content in A Year in the Country is available at the website, A Year in the Country. It’s a smorgasbord of strangeness and organized clutter, something like an old punk zine, but centered around the English landscape, the ‘60s and early ‘70s, folk music on the periphery, the subversion of idyllic notions of old Britain, collective mis-memory, and the sometimes-difficult-to-define realms of Hauntology. But reading what was constructed as a blog, now in the form of a ( ...more
Eric
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
An exhaustively (and on occasion exhaustingly) deep dive into pop culture’s portrayal of the uncanny, the arcane, the paranormal, lost and imagined utopias, abandoned structures, folk horror, sci-fi both chilling and cheesy, analogue electronics, tv, film, art, books, and so much more. Thorough, insightful, academic. A pure and singleminded obsession with futurist nostalgia. I recommend reading in installments rather than all at once.
Bill Wallace
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like a map to a half-suspected territory, this compelling book of essays explores a contemporary English movement that I only knew through a vague understanding of "folk horror" as a film genre. Turns out there is much more lurking under the rich label of "hauntology." The term is a portmanteau of haunt and ontology and means, roughly, at least in this usage, a nostalgia or a yearning for a future that was expected but never arrived. This book is the distillation of a website that addresses the ...more
Michael Cook
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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This is a very personal account of a niche topic for better and for worse– upon completion I know more about ‘hauntology’ than I shall ever need! The author’s passion on this (and associated topics including sub-folk scenes and 60’s/ 70’s horror & dystopian fiction) shines through so brightly. The book itself sets a pace it doesn’t manage to maintain – perhaps a failure of concept over content, and you could probably have a much tighter 180 page book with better editing.
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Richard
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Several years ago (roughly around 2007-2013) a small group of (usually) British bloggers were devoted to a particular take on Derrida's concept of hauntology. Theirs was a particularly niche interest (probably even for Brits), but their posts were often interesting, sometimes quite delightful, and they had a way of evoking a particular nostalgia for those who were young anywhere between the late 1960s and the very early 1980s. Their deep dives were into British pop culture of that time, but even ...more
Leftjab
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book and the entire Year in the Country accompanying blog and mix CDs are an exploration in taste. I’m getting the sense that Mr. Prince and a generation of UK writers/listeners (approximately 35-55 years old) are coming to terms with their 70s childhoods – and that a lot of what was going on in the UK in those years “haunts” (pun intended) the present. With the internet making things forgotten or hard to obtain within reach again, this opens up avenues of exploration not possible 15-20 yea ...more
Steve Gillway
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing book. Full of comments about the half-remembered or falsely remembered past which we carry around from childhood. Various cultish films, books, TV programmes, pieces of music, even disused bunkers are discussed and analysed. I'm not sure why these things still have appeal, but I was drawn in.
Mr Daniel C Pope
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought this because it covered so many other topics that interested me. By the time I reached the end, that list was approximately three times as long as when I started.
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Stephen Prince teaches film history, criticism, and theory at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts . He received his Ph.D from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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