The Ghost Story 1840-1920 by Andrew Smith

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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.

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Andrew Smith is the author of the novels Ghost Medicine, In the Path of Falling Objects, Stick, and Passenger, which will be published in October 2012 and is the sequel to his acclaimed novel, The Marbury Lens, which was the winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year, and praised by Booklist as “a read that is as disorienting as it is daring” in a starred review. Andrew Smith lives in the mountains outside of Los Angeles with his family. Visit him online at
Published December 6, 2012 by Manchester University Press. 216 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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