Ghosts: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, History

Hardcover | March 15, 1999

EditorPeter Buse

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Ghosts exist as a means of expressing our concerns for life and death, the passing of time, and the conscious and unconscious minds. The powerful metaphor of haunting has been used as an intellectual tool by writers and thinkers such as Marx, Freud, and Derrida in the fields of politics, psychoanalysis and philosophy. Ghosts is the first collection of theoretical essays that interrogates these ghosts, employing a variety of theoretical perspectives to consider the efficacy and use of the concepts of haunting and spectrality as they appear in literature, culture, and theory.

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Ghosts exist as a means of expressing our concerns for life and death, the passing of time, and the conscious and unconscious minds. The powerful metaphor of haunting has been used as an intellectual tool by writers and thinkers such as Marx, Freud, and Derrida in the fields of politics, psychoanalysis and philosophy. Ghosts is the fir...

Peter Buse teaches in the English Department at the University of Cardiff. Andrew Stott is a Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.8 × 5.76 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Future for Haunting--Peter Buse and Andrew Stott * Part I: Spectrality and Theory * Specters of Engels--Willy Maley * On the Ghostly Origins of Psychoanalysis--Roger Luckhurst * Phantasmagoria: Walter Benjamin and the Poetics of Urban Modernism--Christina Britzolakis * Spectre and Impurity: History and the Transcendental in Derrida and Adorno--Nigel Mapp * Part II: Uncanny Fictions * Anachrony and Anatopia: Specters of Marx, Derrida and Gothic Fiction--Ruth Parkin-Gounelas * Theft, Terror and Family Values: The Mysteries and Domesticities of Udolpho --Natalka Freeland * The Medium of Exchange--Mandy Merck * The Post-Colonial Ghost Story--Ken Gelder * Part III: Spectral Culture * The Machine in the Ghost: Spiritualism, Technology, and the "Direct Voice"--Stephen Connor * Angels in the Architecture: The Economy of the Supernatural--Clive Bloom * The Other Side of Plato's Wall--Ralph Noyes * Index