The Ghost Story 1840 1920

Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1847793452
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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 culturally sensitive reconsideration of the work of writers including Dickens, Collins, Charlotte Riddell, Vernon Lee, May Sinclair, Kipling, Le Fanu, Henry James and M.R. James. Additionally, a chapter on the interpretation of spirit messages reveals how issues relating to textual analysis were implicated within a language of the spectral. This book is the first full-length study of the British ghost story in over 30 years and it will be of interest to academics, graduate students and advanced undergraduates working on the Gothic, literary studies, historical studies, critical theory and cultural studies.

The Encyclopedia Of The Gothic

Author: William Hughes
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119064600
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Offering challenging insights into the development of the genre and its impact on contemporary culture, this wide-ranging and interdisciplinary work brings together a notable team of scholars writing on all aspects of the Gothic as it is currently taught and researched. Comprises over 200 newly-commissioned essays by an impressive international team of scholars, whose expertise extends beyond Gothic literature to film, music, drama, art, and architecture Based on the successful two-volume reference work, this comprehensive and wide-ranging research is now available in an accessible single-volume paperback edition Explores relevant authors, national traditions, critical developments, and notable texts that continue to define, shape, and inform this subject A-Z entries range from Angels and American Gothic, to Wilde and Witchcraft, creating the definitive reference guide to all aspects of this strange and wondrous genre

Victorian Gothic

Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748654992
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The first multi-disciplinary scholarly consideration of the Victorian Gothic These 14 chapters, each written by an acknowledged expert in the field, provide an invaluable insight into the complex and various Gothic forms of the nineteenth century. Covering a range of diverse contexts, the chapters focus on science, medicine, Queer theory, imperialism, nationalism, and gender. Together with further chapters on the ghost story, realism, the fin de sic e, pulp fictions, sensation fiction, and the Victorian way of death, the Companion provides the most complete overview of the Victorian Gothic to date.The book is an essential resource for students and scholars working on the Gothic, Victorian literature and culture, and critical theory.Key Features*First multi-authored thorough exploration of the Victorian Gothic*Original research in all chapters*Sets the agenda for future scholarship in the field*Pedagogically awareKey WordsVictorian, Gothic, Science, Gender, Nationalism, Death, Supernatural, Ghost, Death

The Victorian Supernatural

Author: Nicola Bown
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521810159
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Essays by literary scholars, art historians and science historians explore the diversity of the Victorians' fascination with the supernatural.

How About Demons

Author: Felicitas D. Goodman
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 025301462X
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"Quite an interesting book... " —Religious Studies Review "It is by far superior to anything else on demons we have seen in the past few years." —The American Rationalist "... Goodman is to be commended for a stimulating and wide-reaching treatment of a compelling and much-debated subject." —Journal of Folklore Research Rich in detail derived from the author's fieldwork and the anthropological literature, this work paints a picture of possession as one of the usually positive and most widespread of human religious experiences. It also details the ritual of exorcism, which is applied when things go wrong.

Lost In A Pyramid

Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780712356176
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'As he rushed madly and wildly through the night, he could hear a swift, dry patter behind him, and could see that this horror was bounding at his heels, with blazing eyes and one stringy arm out-thrown.' A mummy disappears from its sarcophagus in the dead of night; a crazed Egyptologist entombs a beautiful young woman; a student at Oxford reveals the terrible secrets of an ancient papyrus. These are among the 12 tales from the golden age of the mummy story collected here--stories that still cast a spell with their different versions of the mummy's curse, some chilling, others darkly romantic and even comic. This enthralling collection is introduced by Andrew Smith, a leading expert on ghost stories and Victorian gothic.

Medieval Studies And The Ghost Stories Of M R James

Author: Patrick J. Murphy
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 0271079576
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Montague Rhodes James authored some of the most highly regarded ghost stories of all time—classics such as “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” that have been adapted many times over for radio and television and have never gone out of print. But while James is best known as a fiction writer and storyteller, he was also a provost of King’s College, Cambridge, and Eton College, and a legendary and influential scholar whose pioneering work in the study of biblical texts and medieval manuscripts, art, and architecture is still relevant today. In Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Patrick J. Murphy argues that these twin careers are inextricably linked. James’s research not only informed his fiction but also reflected his anxieties about the nature of academic life and explored the delicate divide between professional, university men and erratic hobbyists or antiquaries. Murphy shows how detailed attention to the scholarly inspirations behind James’s fiction provides considerable insight into a formative moment in medieval studies, as well as into James’s methods as a master stylist of understated horror. During his life, James often claimed that his stories were mere entertainments—pleasing distractions from a life largely defined by academic discipline and restraint—and readers over the years have been content to take him at his word. This intriguing volume, however, convincingly proves otherwise.

Historical Dictionary Of Gothic Literature

Author: William Hughes
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810874784
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The Historical Dictionary of Gothic Literature covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 200 cross-referenced entries on the core texts, central authors, and the recurrent conventions that have distinguished writing in the genre for 250 years. This book is an ideal access point for students, researchers, or anyone interested in the history of Gothic Literature.

Supernatural America

Author: Lawrence R Samuel
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313398992
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• Shares hundreds of real-life stories, and uses hundreds of sources, many of them forgotten • Provides a bibliography of authoritative books and articles, both in support of and arguing against beliefs in the supernatural

The Routledge Handbook To The Ghost Story

Author: Scott Brewster
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317288939
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The Handbook to the Ghost Story sets out to survey and significantly extend a new field of criticism which has been taking shape over recent years, centring on the ghost story and bringing together a vast range of interpretive methods and theoretical perspectives. The main task of the volume is to properly situate the genre within historical and contemporary literary cultures across the globe, and to explore its significance within wider literary contexts as well as those of the supernatural. The Handbook offers the most significant contribution to this new critical field to date, assembling some of its leading scholars to examine the key contexts and issues required for understanding the emergence and development of the ghost story.