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Spectral America
Phantoms and the National Imagination
Edited by Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Popular Press, an imprint of the University of Wisconsin Press
A Ray and Pat Browne Book

"Ghosts are a booming industry, and this eclectic and engaging collection of studies, both literary and historical, addresses America's relationship to the spectral."—Lynette Carpenter, editor of Haunting the House of Fiction

From essays about the Salem witch trials to literary uses of ghosts by Twain, Wharton, and Bierce to the cinematic blockbuster The Sixth Sense, this book is the first to survey the importance of ghosts and hauntings in American culture across time. From the Puritans' belief in preternatural beings to today's resurgence of spirits in fiction and film, the culture of the United States has been obsessed with ghosts. These essays contend that in each generation, these phantoms in popular culture reflect human anxieties about religion, science, politics, and social issues.

Jeffrey Weinstock is assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University. He is the editor of The Pedagogical Wallpaper and coeditor, with Sarah Lynn Higley, of Nothing That Is: Millennial Cinema and the Blair Witch Controversies.

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May 2004
LC: 2003021170 PS
280 pp. 6 x 9
ISBN 0-299-19950-9 Cloth $65.00 s
ISBN 0-299-19954-1 Paper $19.95 t

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