Victorian Hauntings

Spectrality, Gothic, the Uncanny and Literature

Author: Julian Wolfreys

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Victorian Hauntings asks its reader to consider the following questions: What does it mean to read or write with ghosts, or to suggest that acts of reading or writing are haunted ? In what ways can authors in the nineteenth century be read so as to acknowledge the various phantom effects which return within their texts ? In what ways do the traces of such " ghost writing " surface in the works of Dickens,Tennyson,Eliot and Hardy ? How does the work of spectrality, revenance and the uncanny transform materially both the forms of the literary in the Victorian era and our reception of it today? Beginning with an expoloration of matters of haunting,the uncanny,the gothic and the spectral, Julian Wolfreys traces the ghostly resonances at work in Victorian writing and how such persistence addresses isues of memory and responsibility which haunt the work of reading. 'Taking the familiar genre of the Gothic as a point of departure and revisiting it through Derridean theory, Wolfreys' book, the first application of "hauntology" to the domain of Victorian Studies is a remarkable achievement. Wolfreys never reduces reading to instrumentality but remains alert to all the potentialities of the texts he reads with a great attention to their idiosyncrasies. Victorian Hauntings should bring a new tone to Victorian Studies, this clever book is quite perfect. - Jean Michel Rabate, Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania 'You'd have to be dead to know more about ghosts than Julian Wolfreys.' Martin McQuillan, University of Leeds

The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel

Author: Deirdre David

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

View: 148

In this Companion, first published in 2000, specially-commissioned essays examine the social and cultural context of Victorian fiction.

Haunting and Spectrality in Neo-Victorian Fiction

Possessing the Past

Author: R. Arias

Publisher: Springer


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 197

View: 902

Exploring the pervasive presence of the Victorian past in contemporary culture, these essays use the trope of haunting and spectrality as a critical tool with which to consider neo-Victorian works, as well as our ongoing fascination with the Victorians, combining original readings of well-known novels with engaging analyses of lesser-known works.

A Companion to the Victorian Novel

Author: William Baker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Fiction

Page: 445

View: 746

This reference is an introductory guide to the Victorian novel and its contexts. It examines the emergence of the Victorian novel and its literary precursors, with particular emphasis on serialization and syndication; it looks at significant social and cultural contexts surrounding the novel; it discusses various genres, such as ghost stories, the Gothic, and detective fiction; it introduces some of the period's most important novelists; and it surveys different critical approaches and their application to the study of 19th-century fiction.

The Victorian Supernatural

Author: Nicola Bown

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 305

View: 123

Essays by literary scholars, art historians and science historians explore the diversity of the Victorians' fascination with the supernatural.

Five Victorian Ghost Novels

Author: Everett Franklin Bleiler

Publisher: Courier Corporation


Category: Fiction

Page: 421

View: 724

Full texts of "The Uninhabited House" by Riddell; "The Amber Witch" by Meinhold; "Monsieur Maurice" by Edwards; "A Phantom Lover" by Lee; and "The Ghost of Muir House" by Beale. 6 illustrations.

Victorian Ghost Stories

Usborne Classics Retold

Author: Mike Stocks

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd


Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

View: 552

Six spine-tingling stories dug up and dusted down for today's readers. Enter the terrifying world of Victorian ghouls and ghostly apparitions – if you dare.

Victorian Unfinished Novels

The Imperfect Page

Author: S. Tomaiuolo

Publisher: Springer


Category: Fiction

Page: 204

View: 487

The first detailed study on the subject of Victorian unfinished novels, this book sheds further light on novels by major authors that have been neglected by critical studies and focuses in a new way on critically acclaimed masterpieces, offering a counter-reading of the nineteenth-century literary canon.

The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 497

View: 717

Collection of thirty-five English ghost stories written during the Victorian Era.

Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories

Author: Rex Collings

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions


Category: Ghost stories, English

Page: 289

View: 589

This is a book to be read by a blazing fire on a winter's night, with the curtains drawn close and the doors securely locked. The unquiet souls of the dead, both as fictional creations and as 'real' apparitions, roam the pages of this haunting selection of ghost stories by Rex Collings. Some of these stories are classics while others are lesser-known gems unearthed from this vintage era of tales of the supernatural. There are stories from distant lands - 'Fisher's Ghost' by John Lang is set in Australia and 'A Ghostly Manifestation' by 'A Clergyman' is set in Calcutta. In this selection, Sir Walter Scott (a Victorian in spirit if not in fact), keeps company with Edgar Allen Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu and other illustrious masters of the genre.

Victorian Literature and Culture

Author: Maureen Moran

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 956

This guide to Victorian Literature and Culture provides students with the ideal introduction to literature and its context from 1837-1900, including: - the historical, cultural and intellectual background including politics and economics, popular culture, philosophy - major writers and genres including the Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Trollope, Thackeray, Conan Doyle, Ibsen, Shaw, Hopkins, Rossetti and Tennyson - concise explanations of key terms needed to understand the literature and criticism - key critical approaches - a chronology mapping historical events and literary works and further reading including websites and electronic resources.

Victorian Ghosts in the Noontide

Women Writers and the Supernatural

Author: Vanessa D. Dickerson

Publisher: University of Missouri Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 166

View: 664

An interesting rereading of familiar texts by Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot recovering the historical and literary roots of the supernatural as it appears in each women's work. Dickerson (English, Rhodes College) makes interesting observations about women's changing roles in the 19th century when scientific advancements relegated women to the home as arbiters of the spiritual while men occupied themselves with "rational" invention. Through close readings, she demonstrates how the Brontes, Gaskell, and Eliot resisted this division and, simultaneously, created a spiritual genre of writing traditionally denigrated by critics. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

British Women Writers and the Short Story, 1850-1930

Reclaiming Social Space

Author: K. Krueger

Publisher: Springer


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

View: 854

This book addresses a critically neglected genre used by women writers from Gaskell to Woolf to complicate Victorian and modernist notions of gender and social space. Their innovative short stories ask Britons to reconsider where women could live, how they could be identified, and whether they could be contained.

History and Cultural Memory in Neo-Victorian Fiction

Victorian Afterimages

Author: Kate Mitchell

Publisher: Springer


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 222

View: 277

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, Arguing that neo-Victorian fiction enacts and celebrates cultural memory, this book uses memory discourse to position these novels as dynamic participants in the contemporary historical imaginary.

Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial

Author: Gerri Kimber

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 460

This volume addresses issues raised by Katherine Mansfield's nomadic rootlessness as an 'extraterritorial' writer. Contributions draw on postcolonial and diasporic frameworks to examine Mansfield's insights into colony and empire.

Romanticism, Medicine and the Natural Supernatural

Transcendent Vision and Bodily Spectres, 1789-1852

Author: Gavin Budge

Publisher: Springer


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 295

View: 954

This fascinating interdisciplinary study examines the relationship between literary interest in visionary kinds of experience and medical ideas about hallucination and the nerves in the first half of the nineteenth century, focusing on canonical Romantic authors, the work of women writers influenced by Romanticism, and visual culture.

In the Realm of Ghosts and Hauntings

Author: E. Randall Floyd

Publisher: Harbor House


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 183

View: 761

Goes behind headlines and datelines to explore disturbing truth behind 40 famous and not-so-famous supernatural occurrence from around the world. truth behind 40 famous and not-so-famous supermatural occurrence from the around the world.

The Best Victorian Ghost Stories

Annotated and Illustrated Tales of Murder, Mystery, Horror, and Hauntings

Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Publisher: CreateSpace


Category: Fiction

Page: 312

View: 190

Ghostly coaches shuttling the mildewed cadavers of its ill-fated occupants; a young orphan being lured to a frosty death by a pale, little girl with a mangled shoulder; a man spends the night in a room with a fatal past; a restless ne'er-do-well recognizes his fiancee with her throat cut in a twilit vision; a beautiful woman is sold by her uncle to a corpse living beneath a church... These are the images that haunted their authors' brains and found their way into the Golden Age of the British ghost story... As industrial Britain steamed away from its feudal-agrarian past, a sense of self-deceit and insecurity - a lingering of violent potential and national shame - pervaded the collective unconscious of the world's preeminent empire. This psychological malaise manifested itself in the English ghost story, which saw its golden era in the Victorian Age. The unsettling works of Dickens, Gaskell, Blackwood, Hardy, Nesbit, Conan Doyle, M. R. James, Braddon, Broughton, Oliphant, Wells, and Le Fanu grace this brief homage to that unique literary era of elegance, mystique, and horror.

Nightmare Movies

Horror on Screen Since the 1960s

Author: Kim Newman

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Fiction

Page: 633

View: 466

The classic volume of cult film criticism, now brought completely up-to-date 'Encyclopaedic, insightful, and entertaining - no bookshelf should be without Newman's frighteningly readable Nightmare Movies' Mark Kermode

Re-creating the Past: the Neo-Victorian Meaning in Sarah Waters’ Neo-Victorian Novels

EN Research challenges for anglophone studies in the 21st century

Author: Ariadna SERRANO BAILÉN

Publisher: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca



Page: 21

View: 993

Desde un punto de vista cuantitativo, los estudios culturales ocupan sin duda un espacio menor. Sin embargo, los tres artículos aquí presentados dan cuenta de la variedad de perspectivas posibles dentro de este apartado. No solo abarcan estos estudios diferentes géneros literarios, sino que recorren diferentes épocas históricas, desde el renacimiento hasta nuestros días. Así, destaca la recepción de la obra de Shakespeare adaptada a los principios estéticos del siglo XVIII español, la aparición de un problema tan actual como la violencia doméstica en el teatro y el cine de mediados del siglo XX o la vinculación de posicionamientos contraculturales de la generación Beat en la música de Bod Dylan. Todos estos estudios exploran, pues, la relación entre las prácticas culturales, la vida diaria y los contextos históricos en los que se producen. Como suele ser habitual, gran parte de las contribuciones presentadas en este volumen se centran en el estudio del aprendizaje del inglés como segunda lengua, una de las principales preocupaciones del sistema educativo español en estos momentos, tanto en la etapa preuniversitaria como universitaria. Es lógico, por tanto, que estos jóvenes investigadores muestren interés por un asunto que atañe a un elevado número de estudiantes en la sociedad actual. Los estudios van desde el análisis de libros de texto utilizados en la enseñanza del inglés, para comprobar si estos textos adoptan correctamente las cuatro destrezas básicas (listening, speaking, speaking, writing) al aprendizaje de la lengua desde el punto de vista de una aproximación comunicativa, hasta la relación de la prosodia y la utilización de audífonos por parte de personas sordas o la percepción que tienen los estudiantes de la pronunciación del inglés. Como se ve, problemas muy cercanos a la realidad pedagógica. Las contribuciones literarias se centran exclusivamente en autores del siglo XX (incluida una adaptación al Londres actual de una obra de Shakespeare), pero recorren todos los géneros literarios, así como el cine. En general, estos estudios se fijan en obras concretas y las analizan desde perspectivas culturales, sociológicas o psicológicas. Podemos encontrar autores consagrados, como Theodore Roethke y Ted Hughes o escritoras más localistas, como la canadiense Jeannette Armstrong, y sobresalen miradas postmodernistas, tanto en el ámbito de la novela como del cine. En definitiva, se trata de una selección de artículos altamente prometedora, que supone un claro desafío al futuro de los Estudios Ingleses. Por todo ello, hay que felicitar a todos los participantes y, sobre todo, a los editores de este volumen, que han demostrado una enorme capacidad de trabajo y entusiasmo.