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Hauntology

The Presence of the Past in Twenty-First Century English Literature

Authors: Shaw, Katy

  • First book to provide an introduction to hauntology
  • Provides an original take on hauntology and demonstrates its utility
  • Analyses Derrida’s original writings on hauntology as well as discussing criticisms and uses through the analysis of a range of contemporary cultural forms
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About this book

Post-millennial writings function as a useful prism through which we can understand contemporary English culture and its compulsion to revisit the immediate past. The critical practice of hauntology turns to the past in order to make sense of the present, to understand how we got to this place and how to build a better future. Since the Year 2000, popular culture has been inundated with representations of those who occupy a space between being and non-being and defy ontological criteria. 

This Pivot explores a range of contemporary English literatures - from the poetry of Simon Armitage and the drama of Jez Butterworth, to the fiction of Zadie Smith and the stories of David Peace - that collectively unite to represent a twenty-first century world  full of specters, reminiscence and representations of spectral encounters. These specters become visible and significant as they interact with a range of social, political and economic discourses that continue to speak to the contemporary period. 

The enduring fascination with the spectral offers valuable insights into a contemporary English culture in which spectral manifestations signal towards larger social anxieties as well as to specific historical events and recurrent cultural preoccupations. The specter confronts the contemporary with the necessity of participation, encouraging the realisation that we must engage with it in order to create meaning. Narrative agency is the primary motivating force of its return, and the repetition of the specter functions to highlight new meanings and perspectives. 

Harnessing hauntology as a lens through which to consider the specters haunting twenty-first century English writings, this Pivot examines the emergence of a vein of hauntological literature that profiles the pervasive presence of the past in our new millennium. 

About the authors

Katy Shaw is Professor of Contemporary Writings at Northumbria University, UK and editor of the journal C21 Literature: journal of 21st-century writings.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction. Hauntology: Ghosts of Our Lives

    Pages 1-23

    Shaw, Katy

  • Chapter 1 The (Spectral) Turn of the Century in Simon Armitage’s ‘Killing Time’ (1999)

    Pages 25-42

    Shaw, Katy

  • Chapter 2 Phantasmal Intertexts: Literary Spectrality in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem (2009)

    Pages 43-58

    Shaw, Katy

  • Chapter 3 ‘Ghostpitality’: Specters of the Self in Zadie Smith’s NW (2012)

    Pages 59-81

    Shaw, Katy

  • Chapter 4 Authorial Afterlives: Ghost-writing in David Peace’s PATIENT X (2018)

    Pages 83-103

    Shaw, Katy

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Hardcover £44.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hauntology
Book Subtitle
The Presence of the Past in Twenty-First Century English Literature
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74968-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74968-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74967-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09115-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 119
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