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.
|Publication date:||30th April 2003|
|Author:||Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock|
|Publisher:||University of Wisconsin Press|
|Categories:||Ghosts & poltergeists, Cultural studies,|
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 About Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock