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The Ghost Story, 1840-1920: A Cultural History

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"The Ghost Story 1840-1920: A Cultural History" examines the British ghost story within the political contexts of the long nineteenth century. By relating the ghost story to economic, national, colonial, and gendered contexts it provides a critical re-evaluation of the period. The conjuring of a political discourse of spectrality during the nineteenth century enables a cul ...more
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Manchester University Press (first published November 9th 2010)
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Shelves: ghost-stories
Sometimes people write the book you would have written, if only you had thought of it earlier, worked dreadfully hard and been a lot more clever. General idea is that the ghost in late English 19th-century has a lot to do with the immaterial forces, political and especially economic, that shaped everyone's lives. Especially nice chapters on economic ghosts, colonial ghosts (Dickens, Kipling) and M.R. James.


General thesis ghost stories reflect “estrangement and alienation … series of grand
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Professor of English Studies, Head of English and Modern Languages and Co-Director of the Research Centre for Literature, Arts, and Science at the University of Glamorgan.

"My research interests are in Gothic literature, literature and science, nineteenth century literature, and critical theory. I have published widely in these areas and have given conference papers on related topics in the UK and

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