Ghostly Alterities. Spectrality and Contemporary Literatures in English Bianca Del Villano

ISBN: 9783898217149

Published: August 22nd 2007

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196 pages


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Ghostly Alterities. Spectrality and Contemporary Literatures in English  by  Bianca Del Villano

Ghostly Alterities. Spectrality and Contemporary Literatures in English by Bianca Del Villano
August 22nd 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 196 pages | ISBN: 9783898217149 | 10.66 Mb

Ghostly Alterities analyses the meaning of ghostliness in con-temporary Anglophone novels - Patricia Graces Baby No-Eyes (1998), Toni Morrisons Beloved (1987), J. M. Coetzees Foe (1986), Vivienne Clevens Her Sisters Eye (2002), Ben Okris The Famished Road (1991), Pat Barkers The Ghost Road (1995) - in which the figure of the ghost is often entrusted with the task of questioning Western culture and history.

After an in-troductory chapter which investigates Freuds concept of the un-canny along with theoretical issues raised by Iain Chambers and Jacques Derrida, Ghostly Alterities discusses the novels from different critical orientations (postcolonialism, poststructuralism and psychoanalysis), presenting ghostliness as intersecting with three major themes: the problem of the spectres visibility and bodily nature- the particular melancholic state of mind the ghost can trigger which brings about a very special kind of (g)hospitality- the spectral nature of history and its relationship with the characters personal memory.



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