Spectral America Phantoms and the National Imagination

by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Spectral America Phantoms and the National Imagination Synopsis

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.

Spectral America Phantoms and the National Imagination Press Reviews

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 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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780299199548
Publication date: 30th April 2003
Author: Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 280 pages
Categories: Ghosts & poltergeists, Cultural studies,

About Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Jeffrey Weinstock is assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University. He is the editor of The Pedagogical Wallpaper and coeditor, with Sarah Lynn Higley, of Nothing That Is: Millennial Cinema and The Blair Witch Controversies.

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