Spectrality, Gothic, the Uncanny and Literature
By (author) Julian Wolfreys
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Victorian Hauntings by Julian Wolfreys
Book DescriptionVictorian Hauntings asks its reader to consider the following questions: What does it mean to read or write with ghosts, or to suggest that acts of reading or writing are haunted ? In what ways can authors in the nineteenth century be read so as to acknowledge the various phantom effects which return within their texts ? In what ways do the traces of such " ghost writing " surface in the works of Dickens,Tennyson,Eliot and Hardy ? How does the work of spectrality, revenance and the uncanny transform materially both the forms of the literary in the Victorian era and our reception of it today? Beginning with an expoloration of matters of haunting,the uncanny,the gothic and the spectral, Julian Wolfreys traces the ghostly resonances at work in Victorian writing and how such persistence addresses isues of memory and responsibility which haunt the work of reading. 'Taking the familiar genre of the Gothic as a point of departure and revisiting it through Derridean theory, Wolfreys' book, the first application of "hauntology" to the domain of Victorian Studies is a remarkable achievement. Wolfreys never reduces reading to instrumentality but remains alert to all the potentialities of the texts he reads with a great attention to their idiosyncrasies. Victorian Hauntings should bring a new tone to Victorian Studies, this clever book is quite perfect. - Jean Michel Rabate, Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania 'You'd have to be dead to know more about ghosts than Julian Wolfreys.' Martin McQuillan, University of Leeds
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333922521
(216mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Julian Wolfreys
Haunted Experience, Paperback (September 2016)
Uses the lenses of perception, memory and appearance to explore loss - in our experience, our imagination, in literature and film. Citing Heidegger, Derrida, Lacan, Cixous, Celan, Husserl, Woolf, Joyce, Hegel, Badiou, Rilke, Merleau-Ponty, Stockhausen and True Detective, Wolfreys offers a multi-layered unpeeling of loss in life and literature.
Derrida Wordbook, Paperback (April 2015)
While it makes no claims to being encyclopaedic in its coverage, this book seeks to accommodate the implications of Jacques Derrida's writings and thoughts, through an expository engagement with a series of words having significance throughout Derrida's text, and across the years of his publishing career.
Dickens's London, Paperback (April 2015)
Taking Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project as an inspiration, this book offers a project that opens a dialogue between phenomenology, philosophy and the Dickensian representation of the city in all its forms. It provides dual focus on methodology and the historicity of Dickensian urban consciousness.
Introducing Criticism in the 21st Century, Paperback (February 2015)» View all books by Julian Wolfreys
Provides a guide to directions in literary criticism. This book offer chapters that introduce the modes of 'hybrid' criticism which have emerged in the 21st century.
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Author Biography - Julian Wolfreys
JULIAN WOLFREYS is Associate Professor in the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville. He is general editor for the Transitions series and co -author of Victorian Gothic and Literary Theories.
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