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The Spectral Metaphor

Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility

Palgrave Macmillan

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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.

Keywords

  • America
  • bibliography
  • hospital
  • imagination
  • living
  • Medium
  • metaphor
  • migrant
  • migrants
  • migration
  • subject
  • time
  • British and Irish Literature

Reviews

"This is an important and original work of criticism. The perspective it adopts is fresh and gripping; the application of the 'spectral metaphor' to non-literal situations, such as the 'invisibility' of migrant workers and domestic servants, expands the sense of 'spectrality' in fascinating new ways; the scholarship and theoretical acumen are superb throughout; the written style of the work is elegant, precise and accessible; and the political and ethical implications of the study are lucidly spelled out, without any attempt prematurely to resolve the most difficult issues." - Colin Davis, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Esther Peeren

About the author

Esther Peeren is Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and Researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Netherlands. She authored Intersubjectivities and Popular Culture (2008) and co-edited Popular Ghosts (2010) and The Spectralities Reader (2013).

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eBook USD 69.99
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  • ISBN: 978-1-137-37585-8
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Softcover Book USD 89.99
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Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)