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A familiar compound ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny

Sarah Annes Brown


This book explores the relationship between allusion and the uncanny in literature. An unexpected echo or quotation in a new text can be compared to the sudden appearance of a ghost or mysterious double, the reanimation of a corpse or the discovery of an ancient ruin hidden in a modern city. This study identifies moments where this affinity between allusion and the uncanny is used by writers to generate a particular textual charge, where uncanny elements are used to flag patterns of allusion and to point to the haunting presence of an earlier work. The book traces the subtle patterns of connec ... More

Keywords: allusion, uncanny, ghosts, Greek tragedy, Latin epic, Shakespeare, Victorian novel, film, fiction, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085154
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Annes Brown, author