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Description - Putting the Supernatural in Its Place by Jeannie Banks Thomas

Just exactly where do we find the supernatural in the contemporary world? It's both pervasive-everywhere-and specific-a particular somewhere. Otherworldly traditions and stories still spread through oral narration. They pervade mass media and the digital world and often form the stuff of hypermodern folklore-the stew of folk, popular, consumer, and digital culture that constitutes much of contemporary life. People also imbue specific places-from the local haunted house or cemetery to whole towns or cities-with supernatural manifestations or significance.Putting the Supernatural in Its Place explores zombies, vampires, witches, demented nuns, mediums, and ghosts in their natural (and unnatural) habitats while making sense of the current ubiquity of the supernatural on the Internet, in movies, tourism, and in places like New Orleans. This unique study of how we locate the supernatural sheds light on why certain sites and their stories captivate us. It demonstrates how pondering the supernatural can bring a better understanding of the places we create and inhabit.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781607814498
ISBN-10: 1607814498
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: University of Utah Press,U.S.
Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jeannie Banks Thomas

Jeannie Banks Thomas is a professor at Utah State University, USA where she is head of the Department of English. Her many publications include Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories, which received the Elli Koengas-Maranda Prize, and Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore (2007), coauthored with Diane Goldstein and Sylvia Grider, which won the Brian McConnell Book Award in legend studies.