By Luke Thurston
This publication resituates the ghost tale as a question of literary hospitality and as a part of a necessary prehistory of modernism, seeing it no longer as a old fashioned neo-gothic decoration, yet as a strong literary reaction to the technological and mental disturbances that marked the tip of the Victorian period. Linking little-studied authors like M. R. James and should Sinclair to such canonical figures as Dickens, Henry James, Woolf, and Joyce, Thurston argues that the literary ghost will be noticeable as no mere relic of gothic type yet as a portal of discovery, a gap onto the principal modernist challenge of the way to write down ‘life itself.’ Ghost tales are break up among an ironic, frequently parodic connection with Gothic variety and an evocation of ‘life itself,’ an implicit repudiation of all literary kind. interpreting the ghost tale as either a guest and a host tale, this booklet lines the ghost as a disruptive determine within the ‘hospitable’ area of narrative from Maturin, Poe and Dickens to the fin de siècle, after which on into the 20 th century.
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Literary Ghosts from the Victorians to Modernism: The Haunting Interval (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature) by Luke Thurston