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Subversive Spirits The Female Ghost in British and American Popular Culture

Title
Subversive Spirits [electronic resource] : The Female Ghost in British and American Popular Culture / Robin Roberts.
ISBN
1496815602
9781496815606
1496815564
9781496815569 (hardback)
Published
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2018] (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description
1 online resource (ix,173 pages :) : illustrations ;
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Notes
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Summary
" The supernatural has become extraordinarily popular in literature, television, and film. Vampires, zombies, werewolves, witches, and wizard have become staples of entertainment industries, and many of these figures have received extensive critical attention. But one figure has remained in the shadows--the female ghost. Inherently liminal, often literally invisible, the female ghost has nevertheless appeared in all genres. Subversive Spirits: The Female Ghost in British and American Popular Culture brings this figure into the light, exploring her cultural significance in a variety of media from 1926 to 2014. Robin Roberts argues that the female ghost is well worth studying for what she can tell us about feminine subjectivity in cultural contexts. Subversive Spirits examines appearances of the female ghost in heritage sites, theater, Hollywood film, literature, and television in the United States and the United Kingdom. What holds these disparate female ghosts together is their uncanny ability to disrupt, illuminate, and challenge gendered assumptions. As with other supernatural figures, the female ghost changes over time, especially responding to changes in gender roles. Roberts's analysis begins with comedic female ghosts in literature and film and moves into horror by examining the successful play The Woman in Black and the legend of the weeping woman, La Llorona. Roberts then situates the canonical works of Maxine Hong Kingston and Toni Morrison in the tradition of the female ghost to explore how the ghost is used to portray the struggle and pain of women of color. Roberts further analyzes heritage sites that use the female ghost as the friendly and inviting narrator for tourists. The book concludes with a comparison of the British and American versions of the television hit Being Human, where the female ghost expands her influence to become a mother and savior to all humanity."-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Project MUSE - 2018 Complete.
Project MUSE - 2018 Global Cultural Studies.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 13, 2018
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/Form
Electronic books.
Also listed under
Project Muse.
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