Theatre and Ghosts

Materiality, Performance and Modernity

Editors: Luckhurst, M., Morin, E. (Eds.)

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Theatre and Ghosts brings theatre and performance history into dialogue with the flourishing field of spectrality studies. Essays examine the histories and economies of the material operations of theatre, and the spectrality of performance and performer.

About the authors

Marvin Carlson, City University of New York, USA Rachel Clements, University of Manchester, UK Michael Cordner, University of York, UK Tom Cornford, University of York, UK. Catherine Hindson, University of Bristol, UK Peter Holland, University of Notre Dame, USA Beth A. Kattelman, Ohio State University, USA Joseph Yale University, USA Paul D. Streufert University of Texas at Tyler, USA Nathalie Wolfram University of Montana, USA

Reviews

“Theatre and Ghosts … collects much arresting recent scholarship on theatrical ghosts from the eighteenth century onward. … this collection provides a fresh look at ghostly currents circulating in theatre studies today, and virtually every reader in the field will find something thought-provoking in these pages, as well as a very useful bibliography.” (Andrew Sofer, Modern Drama, Vol. 58 (3), 2015)

"Theatre scholars have been slow to explore the longstanding connections between theatre, ghost and other forms of haunting. This fascinating collection of essays will be hugely welcomed by all students and researchers in the emerging field of spectrality studies." - Gay McAuley, Honorary Professor, Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney, Australia

"Through stirring contributions on topics ranging from the intricacies of staging nineteenth-century apparitions and the symbolic memory work performed by the 'pretty ghost' to the luminescent spectacle of the midnight spook show, Theatre and Ghosts probes the enduring yet to date under-illuminated association of performance and spectrality. Reflecting on Anglo-American theatrical ghosts and their many guises, as well as the ghostliness of theatre as a medium, this engaging volume makes a vital contribution to the burgeoning field of spectrality studies." - Esther Peeren, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, co-editor with María del Pilar Blanco of The Spectralities Reader (2013).


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Theatre and Spectrality

    Luckhurst, Mary (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Charles Dickens and the Invention of the Modern Stage Ghost

    Carlson, Marvin

    Pages 27-45

  • Gothic Adaptation and the Stage Ghost

    Wolfram, Nathalie

    Pages 46-61

  • Apprehending the Spectral: Hauntology and Precarity in Caryl Churchill’s Plays

    Clements, Rachel

    Pages 65-81

  • Heritage, Capital and Culture: The Ghost of’ sarah’ at the Bristol Old Vic

    Hindson, Catherine

    Pages 82-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theatre and Ghosts
Book Subtitle
Materiality, Performance and Modernity
Editors
  • M. Luckhurst
  • E. Morin
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34507-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137345073
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34506-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46631-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 228
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