The Ghost

A Cultural History

Author: Susan Owens

Publisher: Tate

ISBN: 9781849764674

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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The Ghost' delves into a wealth of literary and artistic sources, including illuminated manuscripts, woodcut engravings, magic-lantern slides, paintings, prints, poems, novels and stories ? providing a fresh take on a subject that has fascinated us for centuries0In this broad cultural history, Susan Owens reveals what these spirits and apparitions can tell us about our culture and about ourselves, and explores how ghosts have inhabited a wide range of roles from medieval times to the present day.0A dazzling range of artists are featured, including William Blake, Henry Fuseli, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Paul Nash and Jeremy Deller, alongside writers such as John Donne, William Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe, Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Hilary Mantel and Sarah Waters.

Tales of the Troubled Dead

Ghost Stories in Cultural History

Author: Catherine Belsey

Publisher: EUP

ISBN: 9781474417365

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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What do they want, the ghosts that even in the age of science still haunt our storytelling? Taking Shakespeare's Ghost in Hamlet as a turning point in the history of the genre, Catherine Belsey uncovers the ancient sources the play relies on to trace Gothic writing and tales of the uncanny up to the present, from Homer and the Icelandic Sagas to Lincoln in the Bardo. Follow this vividly recounted ghostly trail through accredited records of apparitions and fiction by such writers as Ann Radcliffe, Washington Irving, Emily Brontë, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, M. R. James and Susan Hill. In recent blockbusting movies, too, ghost stories bring us fragments of news from the unknown.

Ghosts of War in Vietnam

Author: Heonik Kwon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139470574

Category: History

Page: N.A

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This book is a fascinating study of the Vietnamese experience and memory of the Vietnam War through the lens of popular imaginings about the wandering souls of the war dead. These ghosts of war play an important part in postwar Vietnamese historical narrative and imagination, and Heonik Kwon explores the intimate ritual ties with these unsettled identities which still survive in Vietnam today as well as the actions of those who hope to liberate these hidden but vital historical presences from their uprooted social existence. Taking a unique approach to the cultural history of war, he introduces gripping stories about spirits claiming social justice and about his own efforts to wrestle with the physical and spiritual presence of ghosts. Although these actions are fantastical, this book shows how examining their stories can illuminate critical issues of war and collective memory in Vietnam and the modern world more generally.

The Doctor who was Followed by Ghosts

A Memoir

Author: Li Qunying,Qunying Li,Louis Han

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1550227815

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 281

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Li Qunying, a Communist Chinese doctor of great dedication, lived through the Anti-Japanese War, the Civil War, the Korean War and the Cultural Revolution. Besides enduring personal loss, she also witnessed the suffering of the peasants whose sorrowful stories have rarely been told. This haunting memoir traces all of the major events of brutal 20th-century China, interweaving eyewitness history, folklore, superstition and Li Qunying's own first-hand accounts.


Appearances of the Dead & Cultural Transformation

Author: Ronald C. Finucane

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nature

Page: 232

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Examines reports of ghosts from different periods of time--ancient Greece, the early Christian era, the Reformation, the Victorian age, and the twentieth century--and compares how elements of sightings have changed through the ages

Witchcraft in Illinois: A Cultural History

Author: Michael Kleen

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625858760

Category: History

Page: 192

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Although Illinois saw no dramatic witch trials, witchcraft has been a part of Illinois history and culture from French exploration to the present day. On the Illinois frontier, pioneers pressed silver dimes into musket balls to ward off witches, while farmers dutifully erected fence posts according to phases of the moon. In 1904, the quiet town of Quincy was shocked to learn of Bessie Bement's suicide, after the young woman sought help from a witch doctor to break a hex. In turn-of-the-century Chicago, Lauron William de Laurence's occult publishing house churned out manuals for performing bizarre rituals intended to attract love and exact revenge. For the first time in print, Michael Kleen presents the full story of the Prairie State's dalliance with the dark arts.

Soldiers & Ghosts

A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity

Author: J. E. Lendon

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300119794

Category: History

Page: 468

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What set the successful armies of Sparta, Macedon, and Rome apart from those they defeated? In this major new history of battle from the age of Homer through the decline of the Roman empire, J. E. Lendon surveys a millennium of warfare to discover how militaries change--and don't change--and how an army's greatness depends on its use of the past. Noting this was an age that witnessed few technological advances, J. E. Lendon shows us that the most successful armies were those that made the most effective use of cultural tradition. Ancient combat moved forward by looking backward for inspiration--the Greeks, to Homer; the Romans, to the Greeks and to their own heroic past. The best ancient armies recruited soldiers from societies with strong competitive traditions; and the best ancient leaders, from Alexander to Julius Caesar, called upon those traditions to encourage ferocious competition at every rank. Ranging from the Battle of Champions between Sparta and Argos in 550 B.C. through Julian's invasion of Persia in A.D. 363, Soldiers and Ghosts brings to life the most decisive military contests of ancient Greece and Rome. Lendon places these battles, and the methods by which they were fought, in a sweeping narrative of ancient military history. On every battlefield, living soldiers fought alongside the ghosts of tradition--ghosts that would inspire greatness for almost a millennium before ultimately coming to stifle it.

Ghosts Along the Cumberland

Deathlore in the Kentucky Foothills

Author: William Lynwood Montell

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9780870495359

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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A fascinating collection of ghost stories, tales of the supernatural, death beliefs and death sayings that remain as a vestige of the part in south central Kentucky's "Pennyrile" region. "This unique and extremely valuable book adds considerably to the area of folklore studies in the United States. The material which Montell obtained in his field work is superb." --Don Yoder. "This book is to be recommended to both folklorists and those non-folklorists who read folklore for enjoyment alone. It makes an important contribution to the study of deathlore and, it is to be hoped, will draw added attention to this multi-generic subject area." --David J. Hufford, Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin. "Professor Montell's book can well be viewed as a standard of excellence: a direct, articulate and cataloged approach for future study and implementation in the fields of folklore and oral history." --Joan Perkal, Oral History Association Newsletter. "The book gives fascinating accounts of death beliefs, death omens, folk beliefs associated with the dead, and in the major section, ghosts narratives. A fine combination of scholarship and chilling narration to be relished by firelight in an old deserted house in the hills." --Book Forum. "Professor Montell has arranged beliefs and experiences about death of a particular group of people in such a way that a whole new aspect of the people's lives comes to focus." --Loyal Jones, The Filson Club HIstory Quarterly.

Ghosts in the Middle Ages

The Living and the Dead in Medieval Society

Author: Jean-Claude Schmitt

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226738888

Category: History

Page: 290

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Using many different medieval texts, Schmitt examines medieval religious culture and the significance of the widespread belief in ghosts, asking who returned, to whom, from where, in what form, and why. Through this vivid study, we can see the ways in which the dead and the living related to each other. Schmitt focuses on everyday ghosts - recently departed ordinary people who were a part of the complex social world of the living. Schmitt argues that beliefs and the imaginary depend above all on the structures and functioning of society and culture, and he shows how the Christian culture of the Middle Ages enlarged the notion of ghosts and created many opportunities for the dead to appear. Schmitt also points out that the church happily proliferated ghost stories as a way to promote the liturgy of the dead, to develop pious sentiments among parishioners, and to solicit alms on behalf of a relative or friend's salvation.