Spells, Spirits and Charms in the Harlem Renaissance

“This article analyzes specific examples of magic found in two major artistic outlets of the Harlem Renaissance, jazz and literature. Characters use voodoo and hoodoo to seek power and revenge, control the supposed stronger party, and give meaning to seemingly insignificant occurrences, thus offering a way for the artists of the Harlem Renaissance to control their own lives and black aesthetic achievement.”

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Incursion Into Wendigo Territory

“This article explores modern urban legends that appropriate the idea of the Wendigo, a spirit from various Native American Tribal legends. These urban legends are informed by a cultural guilt of the dispossession of Native American territories, but the victory of monster over protagonist demonstrates the futility of these attempts to comprehend histories of atrocities.”

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Dear DLR Followers,

It is with a bittersweet sense of accomplishment that we announce the conclusion of the Digital Literature Review’s inaugural year. Since this team assembled for the first time in August 2013, we have thoroughly enjoyed not only our personal explorations into ghosts but also the encouraging conversations and interactions that we have had with our followers via Facebook, Twitter, and our blog. For the duration of the summer, we will not generate any original content for any of these sites. Instead, we will use this time to feature the outstanding articles that were published in our first issue.

We would like to thank everyone for their support in the past year. From those who offered advice on how to create our journal, to those that attended our launch gala, to those that have taken a peek at our published issue—even those of you that have simply clicked “like” or “follow” on our pages—we genuinely appreciate you all.

Historical Hauntings and Modern-Day Manifestations has come to an end but it is certainly not the end of DLR. We encourage you to keep up with the journal as it transitions into its second year with a new team and a new theme: Slavery Now.


the 2013-2014 Digital Literature Review team

‘Paranormal Nation’ and America’s Fear of the Supernatural

Written by Shelby Hatfield

Marc E. Fitch, author of Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFO’s, and Bigfoot, makes the claim that the belief in the supernatural rises when our nation experiences traumatic events. This theory is a psychological explanation of why Americans follow trends of believing in supernatural beings. The author says that even though the supernatural takes different forms, it is a basis for many American’s faith and gives them a way to understand disastrous events about which they can’t always know the truth (327). For instance, belief in UFO’s increased after the Cold War, belief in worshiping Satan rose during the era of Communism and McCarthyism, and, in an earlier era, more people said they believed in psychics after Darwin’s On the Origins of Species was released.

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The Spectral Presence of Internment Camps in Modern Media

Written by Jackson Eflin

The internment of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor was an atrocity, something that haunts the popular conscience of America and is thus often suppressed or forgotten, especially in mainstream media. An exception to this came in the third season of Teen Wolf, in which the primary antagonist is an internment camp’s vengeful spirit.

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