Spectral Spaces and Hauntings

Spectral Spaces and Hauntings : The Affects of Absence

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This anthology explores the spatial dimension and politics of haunting. It considers how the 'appearance' of absence, emptiness and the imperceptible can indicate an overwhelming presence of something that once was, and still is, (t)here. At its core, the book asks: how and why do certain places haunt us? Drawing from a diversity of mediums, forms and disciplinary approaches, the contributors to Spectral Spaces and Hauntings illustrate the complicated ways absent presences can manifest and be registered. The case studies range from the memory sites of a terrorist attack, the lost home, a vanished mining town and abandoned airports, to the post-apocalyptic wastelands in literary fiction, the photographic and filmic surfaces where spectres materialise, and the body as a site for re-corporealising the disappeared and dead. In ruminating on the afteraffects of spectral spaces on human experience, the anthology importantly foregrounds the ethical and political imperative of engaging with ghosts and following their traces.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 430g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 black & white halftones
  • 1138856827
  • 9781138856820

Review quote

"A timely and important collection of incisive and insightful essays which address some of the most urgent and important issues which concern scholars working in memory studies, and humanities more generally." -- Anindya Raychaudhuri, University of St Andrews, UKshow more

About Christina Lee

Christina Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University, Australia.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Locating Spectres Christina Lee PART I: Private Hauntings 1 The Haunted Spaces of 7/7: Memory, Mediatisation and Performance John Tulloch 2 Dream House Pippa Tandy 3 Home is Where the Hearth Was: Remembering and Place-Making a Vanished Town Christina Lee 4 Unsettling Space and Time: Journey to Purton Ships' Graveyard Lisa Hill 5 'Popping Up to See Pat': Attending Absence at Roadside Shrines Elly Bavidge PART II: Spectres of the Social 6 'Un aeroport-fantome': The Ghost of Mirabel International Airport Liz Millward 7 Zombie South: Cormac McCarthy's Architectures of the Undead Daniel Cross Turner 8 Double Exposure: Rephotography and the Life of Place Laszlo Muntean 9 Ghosts on Screen: The Politics of Intertemporality Alison Landsberg 10 'Our Monuments Shall be the Maws of Kites': Laura Oldfield Ford and the Ghosts of Psychogeography Past Christopher Collier 11 From Spectres of Horror to 'The Beautiful Death': Re-Corporealising the Desaparecidos of Argentina Sonia M. Tasconshow more