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Haunting and Spectrality in Neo-Victorian Fiction

Possessing the Past

  • Rosario Arias
  • Patricia Pulham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Histories and Hauntings

  3. Spectral Women

  4. Sensing the Past

  5. Ghosts in the City

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 180-197

About this book


Exploring the pervasive presence of the Victorian past in contemporary culture, these essays use the trope of haunting and spectrality as a critical tool with which to consider neo-Victorian works, as well as our ongoing fascination with the Victorians, combining original readings of well-known novels with engaging analyses of lesser-known works.


culture fiction Henry James novel Victorian era

Editors and affiliations

  • Rosario Arias
    • 1
  • Patricia Pulham
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MalagaSpain
  2. 2.University of PortsmouthUK

About the editors

SILVANA COLELLA Associate Professor of English, University of Macerata, Italy AGNIESZKA GOLDA-DEREJCZYK Lecturer in Contemporary British Literature, Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia, Poland ANN HEILMANN Professor of English, University of Hull, UK MARK LLEWELLYN Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool, UK FRANCIS O'GORMAN Professor of Victorian Literature, University of Leeds, UK ESTHER SAXEY Visiting Tutor, English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Bibliographic information


'...the editors ought to be congratulated on the high standard of the publication. It provides useful information on a wide-range of theories and neo-Victorian novels. Arias and Pulham have handsomely gathered eight essays which demonstrate the enormous critical potential of the tropes of haunting and spectrality in the field of Neo-Victorian Studies. Furthermore, the analysis of these tropes offered in the collection has proved to be a useful tool to expose and problematize both Victorian and contemporary gender, sexual, and social politics. It is for this reason that scholars engaged, not only with neo-Victorian fiction, but also with gender and trauma studies, should find this volume worth reading and inspiring.' - Miscelánea