‘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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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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