Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, History

  • Peter Buse
  • Andrew Stott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: A Future for Haunting

    1. Peter Buse, Andrew Stott
      Pages 1-20
  3. Spectrality and Theory

  4. Uncanny Fictions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Mandy Merck
      Pages 163-178
    3. Ken Gelder, Jane M. Jacobs
      Pages 179-199
  5. Spectral Culture

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-268

About this book


Did you know that the father of psychoanalysis believed in ghosts, or that Frederick Engels attended seances? Ghosts: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, History is the first collection of theoretical essays to evaluate these facts and consider the importance of the metaphor of haunting as it has appeared in literature, culture, and philosophy. Haunting is considered as both a literal and figurative term that encapsulates social anxieties and concerns. The collection includes discussions of nineteenth-century spiritualism, gothic and postcolonial ghost stories, and popular film, with essays on important theoretical writers including Freud, Derrida, Adorno, and Walter Benjamin.


culture film Jacques Derrida Marx philosophy Plato psychoanalysis technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Buse
    • 1
  • Andrew Stott
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SalfordUK
  2. 2.University of WestminsterUK

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