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Allusion and the uncanny

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 connection between texts centuries, even millennia apart, from Greek tragedy and Latin epic, through the plays of Shakespeare and the Victorian novel, to contemporary film, fiction and poetry. Each chapter takes a different uncanny motif as its focus: doubles, ruins, reanimation, ghosts and journeys to the underworld.

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Mimicry, history, and laughter
Andrew Smith

We saw in the previous chapter how images of spectrality in Henry James’s Anglo-American Gothic encode images of national identity. How ghosts can be discussed in a colonial context helps to illuminate the complex relationship which existed in the period between the colonial gaze and the apparently subaltern subject. This chapter proposes a reading of spectrality which

in The ghost story, 1840–1920
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Spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA
Cian O’Callaghan

1 Ghost estates: spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA Cian O’Callaghan We spotted it from the road before we saw the signs. The building site faced the oncoming traffic showing a hill of scraped dirt, husks of houses and forgotten foundations. We were driving around County Cork, looking at points on a map, finding the route and keeping our eyes open for the billboards, signs and other markings of what were then beginning to be called ghost estates. As we approached the entrance of the estate, billboards advertising the development in illustrious terms stood

in Spacing Ireland
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Globalising the supernatural in contemporary Thai horror film
Katarzyna Ancuta

representations of the uncanny and, more generally, their basic narrative structures. This chapter discusses the effects of globalisation on the changing cinematic representation of the central local figure of fear, the spirit of the violently dead, or phii tai hong , and examines the potential of contemporary Thai horror film to redefine its supernatural characters as ‘global ghosts’. My primary

in Globalgothic
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Horror acting in the 1970s British television drama
Richard J. Hand

British television drama in the 1970s had a special interest in the genre of horror. Examples of horror television included works with a supernatural theme, such as the BBC’s A Ghost Story for Christmas series (1971-78), most familiarly featuring adaptations of the short stories of M. R. James, but also works by Nigel Kneale for both the BBC (The Stone Tape [1972]) and ITV (Beasts [1976]). Of

in Genre and performance
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El espinazo del Diablo/The Devil’s Backbone
David Archibald

I always wanted to make a ghost story against a historical background. I truly believe that the best ghost story is a ghost story that is set against a war, which leaves shit-loads of ghosts behind. 1 Guillermo del Toro In the previous chapter I examined the possibility, or otherwise, of representing the Spanish Civil War as a comedy; this chapter explores what happens to the conflict when it is represented in the horror genre, specifically, the ghost story. The focus here is on El espinazo del Diablo/The Devil’s Backbone 2 (del Toro, Spain

in The war that won't die
Sarah Annes Brown

In Spectres of Marx , Jacques Derrida quotes the famous opening of the Communist Manifesto : ‘A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Communism.’ Derrida explores the intergenerational slippage at work between the production of Marx’s text and its reception, demonstrating how communism, described by Marx as a ghost from some unknown future, has been transformed into

in A familiar compound ghost
From global economics to domestic anxiety in contemporary art practice
Tracy Fahey

the world. For this is not an isolated house. It is part of a ghost estate : a term coined by Irish economist and broadcaster David McWilliams in his prescient blog entry ‘A warning from deserted ghost estates’ (McWilliams, 2006 ). Reynolds chose this small ghost estate in a Leitrim village quite deliberately as the site for her project. This site is one of twenty-one such estates in the county

in Neoliberal Gothic
katabasis and The Tempest
Sarah Annes Brown

variation on the theme of katabasis provides the starting point for this chapter, as well as my book’s title. The second is the ghostly afterlife of The Tempest , which seems not simply derived from, but haunted by, Shakespeare’s play, its own earlier sources and other intertexts. Although initially distinct, these two traditions will, like Eliot’s narrator and the compound ghost, meet one another at the

in A familiar compound ghost
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Contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland
Author: Declan Long

A vital issue in discussing distinctive group shows has been to explore how 'Northern Irish art' has emerged in dialogue with international art during the post-Troubles period. This book concentrates on the social and political developments pertinent to a study of post-Troubles art. It makes an effort to weave together fundamental background details on the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement with questions regarding the political and theoretical framing of this process of negotiation. Diverse local outcomes of the Agreement are nonetheless acknowledged: from ongoing political problems caused by the ambiguities and inconsistencies of the accord, to material manifestations of 'peace' in the built environment. The book presents thoughts on how 'Northern Irish art' of the post-Troubles era might be critically approached and appraised in light of broader contemporary conditions. It takes the 2005 exhibition of art from Northern Ireland at the Venice Biennale as the departure point for an extended examination of how the representation of 'local' concerns is shaped in relation to wider cultural and economic forces. Much of the book concentrates more directly on the manifold forms of 'ghost-hunting' undertaken by artists during the post-Troubles period. Several significant works by Willie Doherty are singled out for close-reading: photographic series and film narratives that are powerfully undecidable and uncanny in their oblique, unnerving evocations of the landscapes of Belfast and Derry. The book also discusses the haunted spaces of Doherty's practice by reflecting on artists' approaches to time and history.