A Place to Mourn: Why the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is Crucial to American Healing

“All memorials offer solace to those who visit, but the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is particularly suited to this cause because of certain aspects of its design. As this article demonstrates, qualities such as its black reflective surface, its gradual increase height, and the ordering of the names work to create an emotional connection to the names on the wall, bringing them to life and creating a place for grief, and ultimately healing, to occur.”

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Dead End Job: A Critical Edition of ‘The Transferred Ghost’ by Frank Stockton

“The following critical edition of Frank R. Stockton’s “The Transferred Ghost” focuses on the ways in which the rise in spiritualism parallels the emergence of the middle class and white-collar positions in the United States in the late 1800’s. By analyzing Stockton’s story along with other comedic ghost stories from the period, this edition will show how humor hid deeper anxieties about the era’s economic and social developments.”

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Resurfacing Specters in the House of Media: The Ghosts of Columbine in ‘American Horror Story: Murder House’

“This article explores an aspect of haunting and terror that surfaced after the Columbine school shooting, a specter crafted and refined through the journalistic practice of framing. This ghost inhabits the house of media, where it still continues to surface. American Horror Story: Murder House presents an incarnation of this ghost, opening a new way of thinking about both journalistic framing and the specter of mass violence.”

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‘Except That the Haunted, Hidden Thing Was Me’: Ghostly Matters and Transsexual Haunting

“This paper examines motifs of ghostliness and haunting in representations of transsexuality, both in the violent and oppressive representations of transsexuality within a transphobic culture, and in the self-representation and narration of transsexuals themselves. Using scholar Avery Gordon’s definition of haunting–which characterizes haunting as the “knot” of oppression, self-representation, and knowledge production–this paper argues for the necessity of recognizing transsexual oppression as a form of cultural haunting.”

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Multilayered Specter, Multifaceted Presence: A Critical Edition of H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Tomb’

“This edition examines “The Tomb” in depth, including the historical context in which Lovecraft was writing, as well as the social and technological changes that occurred. It exposes multilayered ghosts housed within the text. It also
examines Lovecraft’s fascination with the supernatural and the development of the horror genre, which he modeled after Poe’s work.”

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Dealing With Our Bloody Past: Repression vs. Recognition of American History in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

“This essay explores how director Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining establishes the Overlook Hotel as an environment where conservative complacency has become the norm and all hope of progression is lost. By using a maze motif and the backdrop of Native American genocide, The Shining explores and critiques how modern America was constructed.”

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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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