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Author Hudson, Martyn, author.

Title Ghosts, landscapes and social memory / Martyn Hudson
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
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Series Classical and contemporary social theory
Classical and contemporary social theory.
Contents Cover ; Half Title ; Title Page ; Copyright Page ; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Ghosts, landscapes and social memory; 1. Ghost armies: Memory, landscape and social haunting; Haunting and the abyss; Approaching the haunted house; The emancipating and captivating dead; Landscapes and their ghosts; 2. Dark caves: Prehistory and the origins of social ghosts; Prehistory and the origins of social forms; John Berger and Chauvet; Mind, cave, art; The Himmerland Wings; Mind, aurality and spectres; 3. Revolutionary spirits: Marx, Engels and catastrophe; Revolutionary hauntings
Photographic collections and the deadArchiving the images of the multiple dead; Looking for the lost; 10. Conclusions: Arrivals from the future ; Spectral evolutions; The ghost of Christmas future; Into Hades; References; Index
The artifice of the archaicMarx, history and consciousness; Gramsci, consciousness and repetition; A genealogy of ghosts; Reading The 18 Brumaire; 4. Excavating spectres: Haunting and psychoanalysis; Psychoanalytic hauntings; Mind, body and social haunting; Freud, Gradiva and the city of Pompeii; Rethinking the Unheimlich; The unhomed as rogue souls; 5. Night spaces: The haunted house; Houses and their histories; House as haunted locale; Nabokov's ghostly house; The second ghost of Elsinore; Pliny's ghosts; 6. Zong spectres: Ghosts of the slave system; The ghost ships; The metrics of the dead
The spectrics of the deadThe warp and the weft of the dead; 7. Ghastly fictions: Writing the catastrophe; Fictions and hallucinations; M.R. James and the English ghost; Edith Wharton's hauntings; Amyas Northcote's landscapes; Henry James and the ghostly house; 8. Nightvisiting songs: Performing the dead; The haunting melody; Folklore and nightvisiting songs; Rendering visible the operatic spectres; Theatrical ghosts as performers; Voices of the dead; 9. Spectral machines: Seeing social ghosts; Ghosts in and of the machine; Digital collections and archives
Summary This book is a groundbreaking attempt to rethink the landscapes of the social world and historical practice by theorising 'social haunting': the ways in which the social forms, figures, phantasms and ghosts of the past become present to us time and time again. Examining the relationship between historical practices such as archaeology and archival work in order to think about how the social landscape is reinvented with reference to the ghosts of the past, the author explores the literary and historical status and accounts of the ghost, not for what they might tell us about these figures, but for their significance for our constantly re-invented, re-vivified, re-ghosted social world. With chapters on haunted houses and castles, slave ghosts, the haunting airs of music, the prehistoric origin of spirits, Marxist spectres, Freudian revenants, and the ghosts in the machine, Ghosts, Landscapes and Social Memory adopts multi-disciplinary methods for understanding the past, the dead and social ghosts and the landscapes they appear in. A sociology of haunting that illustrates how social landscapes have their genesis and perpetuation in haunting and the past, this volume will appeal to sociologists and social theorists with interests in memory, haunting and culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Collective memory.
Collective memory.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315306646