Ghosts of Loss: Christina Rossetti’s Haunted Poetry

This critical edition presents Christina Rossetti’s ghostly poetry, analyzing its overall cultural impact and influence. In addition to her poetry, we have included contextual documents pertaining to mourning, widowhood, and poetic expression. As a whole, this edition gives insight into how and why poetry can be an appropriate method for women to express grief in the Victorian era.

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The Spirit of a Thought in a Fictional World: Summoning Ghosts to the Stage

Works of art are inherently spectral in that they are fictional representations of life and reality, particularly theatre, which brings into a nonexistent world to life by creating layers of performance between audience and actors, and even the characters of the play. Through a close reading of both the text and performance of Henrik Ibsen’s tragedy Ghosts, this paper explores the relationship between theatre and hauntings, unpacking the layers of spectrality of stage props and the employment of silence onstage.

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Ghostly Hands: A Critical Edition of Henry James’s “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes”

This edition critically analyzes “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes” by Henry James. It is put into context with three other Victorian ghost stories that use the similar trope of ghostly hands. The theme of these ghostly hands is used to explore Victorian era issues concerning class, property exchange, and the roles of women.

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At Home in Babel: The Language of Hyperreality in the Immigrant Narrative

Complicated by the issues of identity, the immigrant experience is fraught . As such, authors engage with this theme by manipulating time and setting. These themes reimagine ghosts in hyperreal forms distorted by memories and perceptions. This article investigates hyperreality in the context of immigrant literature, this paper will introduce its audience to the ghosts haunting our muddled realities.

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