Ghostly hands and ghostly agency: the changing figure of the nineteenth-century specter

Bann, J. (2009) Ghostly hands and ghostly agency: the changing figure of the nineteenth-century specter. Victorian Studies, 51(4), pp. 663-686. (doi:10.2979/VIC.2009.51.4.663)

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Abstract

This paper investigates the connection between the spiritualist movement and the literary ghost story, both of which came to prominence during the second half of the nineteenth century. While existing critical literature has viewed both phenomena as symptoms of a wider Victorian fascination with the supernatural and the possibility of an afterlife, little attention has been paid to the relationship between them. This paper argues for a fresh understanding of the post-1850 ghost story, one that reads the appearance, behavior, and agency of literary ghosts as a dramatic representation of a new conception of the dead—a conception created largely by spiritualism

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bann, Dr Jennifer
Authors: Bann, J.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Victorian Studies
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISSN:0042-5222
ISSN (Online):1527-2052

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