The Spectral Metaphor

Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility

Authors: Peeren, E.

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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.

About the authors

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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"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


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Spectral Metaphor

    Peeren, Esther

    Pages 1-32

  • Forms of Invisibility: Undocumented Migrant Workers as Living Ghosts in Stephen Frears’s

    Peeren, Esther

    Pages 33-75

  • Spectral Servants and Haunting Hospitalities:

    Peeren, Esther

    Pages 76-109

  • Spooky Mediums and the Redistribution of the Sensible: Sarah Waters’s

    Peeren, Esther

    Pages 110-143

  • Ghosts of the Missing: Multidirectional Haunting and Self-Spectralization in Ian McEwan’s

    Peeren, Esther

    Pages 144-179

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Spectral Metaphor
Book Subtitle
Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37585-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137375858
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37584-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47748-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 216
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