The Spectral Metaphor

Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility

  • Esther Peeren

About this book


What does it mean to live as a ghost? Exploring spectrality as a metaphor in the contemporary British and American cultural imagination, Peeren proposes that certain subjects – migrants, servants, mediums and missing persons – are perceived as living ghosts and examines how this figuration can signify both dispossession and empowerment or agency.


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  • Esther Peeren
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  1. 1.Department of Media StudiesUniversity of AmsterdamNetherlands

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