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The Ghost Story, 1840–1920: A Cultural History

Andrew Smith


This book 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 rela ... More

Keywords: British ghost story, long nineteenth century, spectrality, spirit messages, textual analysis, spectral language, Charlotte Riddell, Vernon Lee, May Sinclair, Henry James

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074462
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Smith, author