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Author Blanco, María del Pilar.

Title Ghost-watching American modernity : haunting, landscape, and the hemispheric imagination / María del Pilar Blanco
Edition First edition
Published New York : Fordham University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 225 pages)
Contents Unsolving hemispheric mystery -- Desert mournings -- Urban indiscretions -- Transnational shadows
Summary "In Ghost-Watching American Modernity, Maria del Pilar Blanco revisits nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts from Spanish America and the United States to ask how different landscapes are represented as haunted sites. Moving from foundational fictions to Westerns, Blanco explores the diverse ways in which ghosts and haunting emerge across the American hemisphere for authors who are preoccupied with evoking the experience of geographical transformations during a period of unprecedented development. The book offers an innovative approach that seeks to understand ghosts in their local specificity, rather than as products of generic conventions or as allegories of hidden desires. Its chapters pursue formally attentive readings of texts by Domingo Sarmiento, Henry James, Jose Marti, W.E.B. Du Bois, Juan Rulfo, Felisberto Hernandez, and Clint Eastwood. In an intervention that will reconfigure the critical uses of spectrality for scholars in U.S./Latin American Studies, narrative theory, and comparative literature, Blanco advances ghost-watching as a method for rediscovering haunting on its own terms."--Project Muse
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-219) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Comparative literature -- American and Latin American
Comparative literature -- Latin American and American
Ghosts in literature.
Haunted places.
Landscapes in literature.
Nationalism in literature.
Spanish American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Spanish American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 082324217X (electronic bk.)
9780823242177 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Haunting, landscape, and the hemispheric imagination