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Spectral America: Phantoms and the National Imagination (Paperback)
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Spectral America: Phantoms and the National Imagination (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 29/06/2004
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From essays about the Salem witch trials to literary uses of ghosts by Twain, Wharton, and Bierce to the cinematic blockbuster The Sixth Sense, this book is the first to survey the importance of ghosts and hauntings in American culture across time. From the Puritans' conviction that a thousand preternatural beings appear every day before our eyes, to today's resurgence of spirits in fiction and film, the culture of the United States has been obsessed with ghosts. In each generation, these phantoms in popular culture reflect human anxieties about religion, science, politics, and social issues.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299199548
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 230 x 153 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Ghosts are a booming industry, and this eclectic and engaging collection of studies, both literary and historical, addresses America's relationship to the spectral."--Lynette Carpenter, Ohio Wesleyan University, editor of "Haunting the House of Fiction"

"I know of no other book currently in print that explores with the same level of intellectual and critical seriousness the scope of spectral phenomena covered in this collection."--Tony Magistrale, University of Vermont, author of "Poe's Children"

"I know of no other book currently in print that explores with the same level of intellectual and critical seriousness the scope of spectral phenomena covered in this collection." Tony Magistrale, University of Vermont, author of "Poe s Children""


"Ghosts are a booming industry, and this eclectic and engaging collection of studies, both literary and historical, addresses America s relationship to the spectral." Lynette Carpenter, Ohio Wesleyan University, editor of "Haunting the House of Fiction""


"I know of no other book currently in print that explores with the same level of intellectual and critical seriousness the scope of spectral phenomena covered in this collection."--Tony Magistrale, University of Vermont, author of Poe's Children


"Ghosts are a booming industry, and this eclectic and engaging collection of studies, both literary and historical, addresses America's relationship to the spectral."--Lynette Carpenter, Ohio Wesleyan University, editor of Haunting the House of Fiction

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