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Ghost-Watching American Modernity


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Maria del Pilar Blanco is Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture at University College London. She is the co-editor, with Esther Peeren, of Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture.


"Ghost-Watching American Modernity is about upsetting things. Not least, it is about upsetting critical orthodoxies. Disentangling ghosts from theoretical, generic, and national binds, the book invites us to see afresh how ubiquitously, and in how many ways, American modernity is haunted. Blanco advances a bold claim here, situating haunting as crucial to modernity, and she roams hemispherically, drawing together unexpected bedfellows from up and down the Americas. And yet, as she compellingly grounds her interpretive arabesques in specific locations (physical and textual), she never loses sight of the unique, situated ways each haunting works. The result is a work of inspired eclecticism-rich, ranging, and full of surprises." -- -Judith Richardson Stanford University "Clearly innovative and well researched, Blanco's study is a brave attempt to demystify the texts and authors put together by her inspired eclecticism." -CHOICE "Classic and popular literature by Henry James and others lends a scholarly and detailed set of insights to this consideration of place and the evolution of haunting legends, making this a powerful, recommended pick for a range of libraries, from new age to literary and historical holdings alike." -Midwest Book Review "Blanco's unique textual comparisons and intriguing analyses make 'Ghost-Watching American Modernity' a valuable contribution to the conversation on haunting." -- Jacquelynn Kleist -Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts "This is a smart, well-researched, and comprehensive critique of the benefits of 'ghost talk' or 'ghost watching' in the American grain." -- -Peter Hitchcock CUNY Graduate Center

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