Visions of an unseen world [electronic resource] : ghost beliefs and ghost stories in eighteenth-century England /
by Sasha Handley.
London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2007.
ix, 287 p. : ill.
1851968881 (hbk.), 9781851968886 (hbk.)
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London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2007.
1851968881 (hbk.)
9781851968886 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-277) and index.
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'a very useful study of, and compendium of references to, ghosts beliefs and stories in early modern England.'
'Sasha Handley's excellent study of the meaning, recording and use of ghost stories in the 'long eighteenth century' is a refreshing and much needed study.'
'this is another significant historical study of ghost belief, ... Handley's work helps rescue ghost stories from the footnotes of History, and relocates them as a key element of the beliefs and culture surrounding death and the fate of the soul.'
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This volume describes the haunting of 18th century England. It provides an in-depth study of the production, circulation and consumption of English ghost stories during the Age of Reason.
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Eighteenth-Century Studies, Gothic Studies, Religious Studies, Print Culture
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This book describes the haunting of eighteenth-century England. It is the first in-depth study of the production, circulation and consumption of English ghost stories during the Age of Reason. This period saw the establishment of the ghost story as a literary genre. Handley combines close textual analysis with a broad conception of historical change. She examines a variety of mediums: ballads and chapbooks, newspapers, sermons, medical treatises and scientific journals, novels and plays. She relates the telling of ghost stories to wider changes associated with the Enlightenment, arguing that they played a key role in battles against atheism, republicanism, material excess and secularisation.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Ghosts of Early Modern England
Restoration Hauntings
Printing the Preternatural in the Late Seventeenth Century
A New Canterbury Tale
Ghost Stories in the Periodical Press, c.1700 - c.1750
Confessional Cultures and Ghost Beliefs, c.1750 - c.1800
Landscapes of Belief and Everyday Life in Late Eighteenth-Century England
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