Space, Haunting, Discourse
Editor: Maria Holmgren Troy and Elisabeth Wennö
Date Of Publication: May 2008
This anthology reflects the current interest in the concept of space as a revitalising approach to literary, social, mental, political and discursive phenomena. The contributions, which examine novels, films, art, and cultures, invite the reader to consider the function of space in human constructions as symbolic representation, analytical tool, discursive strategy and haunting effect. In a wider context they demonstrate the extent to which spatiality impacts on our lives and has ethical, political, historical and cultural implications.
The contributors represent a wide range of disciplines in the Humanties: Literature, Photography, Art, Human Geography, Ethnic Studies, and Cultural Studies.
Maria Holmgren Troy and Elisabeth Wennö are Associate Professors in English Literature at Karlstad University, Sweden
Maria Holmgren Troy is Associate Professor in English at Karlstad University, Sweden. Her most recent research deals with memory and trauma in literature, and she is currently involved in a book project on family and memory in contemporary American novels. Earlier publications: In the First Person and in the House: The House Chronotope in Four Works by American Women Writers (1999), Memory, Haunting, Discourse (co-ed. 2005), Collective Traumas: Memories of War and Conflict in 20th-Century Europe (co-ed, 2007, Peter Lang’s “Multiple Europes” series) and essays on the works of Octavia Butler, Elizabeth Stoddard, Kaye Gibbons, Margaret Atwood and Pat Barker.
Elisabeth Wennö is Associate Professor in English at Karlstad University, Sweden. She is the co-editor of three previous anthologies, one of which is Memory, Haunting, Discourse (co-ed. 2005), the author of a number of articles on a variety of writers and genres, and currently heads a research group on narrativity at Karlstad University. Her PhD thesis, Ironic Formula in the Novels of Beryl Bainbridge (1993) is to date the only book-length study of Bainbridge in literary criticism.
“Space, Haunting, Discourse is a profoundly important collection of essays. Moving beyond the limits of literature and popular culture, this is an exciting and provocative series of investigations into the ways in which discursive, psychic and material structures are inhabited and motivated by haunting forces, for which critical language is only just beginning to take account. Driven by passion, inventiveness and scholarly rigour, the 'ghost hunters' assembled by Maria Holmgren Troy and Elisabeth Wennö, offer the reader some of the most challenging reorientations in thought since Derrida's Specters of Marx.”
Julian Wolfreys, Professor of Modern Literature and Culture, Department of
English and Drama, Loughborough University.
“This fascinating collection explores haunting in a variety of spaces, from haunted houses to spectral bodies, from the camps that haunt modernity to the ghosts shadowing places. By turns fascinating and provocative, the range of these essays both extends and deepens our understanding of how spatialities can provide passage for the hauntings in and of discourse.”
Gillian Rose, Professor of Cultural Geography, Head of Department of Geography, The Open University
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