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The haunted : a social history of ghosts

Author: Owen Davies; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
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The Haunted is the first exhaustive cultural history of ghosts in England, also exploring the subject in Europe and America. Rather than merely a catalogue of famous hauntings, this book focuses on the changing perception of and interaction with ghosts at different social levels from the medieval period to the present. Ghosts help us understand some surprising continuities and changes in society over time; belief in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Davies, Owen, 1969-
Haunted.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
(DLC) 2007025497
(OCoLC)145379850
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Owen Davies; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN: 9780230273948 0230273947
OCLC Number: 608023805
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 299 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Manifestation --
Geography of haunting --
Seeking ghosts --
Explanation --
Debating ghosts --
All in the mind --
Representation --
Imitating the dead --
Projecting ghosts --
Treading the boards and under the covers --
The future for ghosts.
Responsibility: Owen Davies.
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The Haunted is the first exhaustive cultural history of ghosts in England, also exploring the subject in Europe and America. Rather than merely a catalogue of famous hauntings, this book focuses on the changing perception of and interaction with ghosts at different social levels from the medieval period to the present. Ghosts help us understand some surprising continuities and changes in society over time; belief in them has been manipulated for political and religious purposes, generated social panics and scandals, been a perennial source of literary inspiration and learned investigation. This book explores the ideas that, for all the intellectual and scientific advances of the last five centuries, the belief in ghosts continues to be vibrant and socially relevant today, and that an understanding of the history of ghosts helps explain why we continue to feel haunted by the people of the past.

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