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Haunted Nature

Entanglements of the Human and the Nonhuman

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  • Details the growing literature in the field of the ecogothic, a hugely popular new topic
  • Explores how nature has been entangled with ideologies of race and gender
  • Presents contributions from leading academics in the gothic field

Part of the book series: Palgrave Gothic (PAGO)

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This volume is a study of human entanglements with Nature as seen through the mode of haunting. As an interruption of the present by the past, haunting can express contemporary anxieties concerning our involvement in the transformation of natural environments and their ecosystems, and our complicity in their collapse. It can also express a much-needed sense of continuity and relationality. The complexity of the question—who and what gets to be called human with respect to the nonhuman—is reflected in these collected chapters, which, in their analysis of cinematic and literary representations of sentient Nature within the traditional gothic trope of haunting, bring together history, race, postcolonialism, and feminism with ecocriticism and media studies. Given the growing demand for narratives expressing our troubled relationship with Nature, it is imperative to analyze this contested ground.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)


“Haunted Nature vitally adds to the ever-evolving theoretical landscape of the eco-gothic. … Blazan’s volume in particular offers fascinating exploration of nonhumans in human ideological constellations. … this collection of essays uniquely invents a revolutionary microscope for us to envision both the visible and invisible horrors to create a new approach. … Comprised of unconventional, popular speculative frictions, Haunted engages the reader with the serious, pressing and yet seemingly familiar environmental changes of the creepy-crawly 21st century.” (Rebecca Jordan, Journal of Ecohumanism, Vol. 2 (1), January, 2023)

Editors and Affiliations

  • English and American Studies, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

    Sladja Blazan

About the editor

Sladja Blazan is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Her areas of research include speculative fiction, critical posthumanism, critical refugee studies, and migration as a literary topic. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Haunted Nature

  • Book Subtitle: Entanglements of the Human and the Nonhuman

  • Editors: Sladja Blazan

  • Series Title: Palgrave Gothic

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-81868-5Published: 09 December 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-81871-5Published: 09 December 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-81869-2Published: 08 December 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2634-6214

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6222

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 199

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Gothic Studies, Screen Studies, Literature, general, Cultural Studies, Ecology

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