newgen books for YA readers debuts of the month
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Spectral America Phantoms and the National Imagination by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
  

Spectral America Phantoms and the National Imagination

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Synopsis

Spectral America Phantoms and the National Imagination by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

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.

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


About the Author

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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

30th April 2003

Author

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

More books by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

University of Wisconsin Press

Format

Paperback
280 pages

Categories

Ghosts & poltergeists
Cultural studies

ISBN

9780299199548

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

I recommend Lovereading because you get honest reviews on a whole range of genres-there's something for everyone. It's the only site I need.

Sian Spinney

Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools