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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Shadows and Specters: A Critical Edition of “The Shadow in the Corner” by M. E. Braddon

This edition provides a critical examination of M. E. Braddon’s “The Shadow in the Corner.” Specifically, the authors explore the ways in which themes of haunting in the Victorian period and in M. E. Braddon’s work are informed by competing notions of subjectivity and the shadowy presence of female working class figures in both the history and fiction of the time.

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Beware the House that Feels: The Impact of Sentient House Hauntings on Literary Families

This essay examines Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, texts featuring sentient house hauntings. The author focuses on how the family unit in each text undergoes drastic destruction, arguing that the breakdown of the family is the true source of horror in such hauntings where a traditional ghost is not present.

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The Peasant Ghost: A Critical Edition of ‘The Ghost of Sakura’ as Adapted by A. B. Mitford

“This edition provides critical insight into the classic Japanese folktale commonly referred to as “The Ghost of Sakura.” Themes include the narrative of the feudal peasant, the cultural importance of the collective good, and the Western view of Japanese culture. We have also included two original essays by Mitford and an article from The New York Times in order to contextualize the cultural importance of this narrative on a global scale.”

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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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