Haunting Experiences Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore

ISBN-10: 0874216362
ISBN-13: 9780874216363
Edition: 2007
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Publication date: 9/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Ghosts and other supernatural phenomena are widely represented throughout modern culture. They can be found in any number of entertainment, commercial, and other contexts, but popular media or commodified representations of ghosts can be quite different from the beliefs people hold about them, based on tradition or direct experience. Personal belief and cultural tradition on the one hand, and popular and commercial representation on the other, nevertheless continually feed each other. They frequently share space in how people think about the supernatural. InHaunting Experiences,three well-known folklorists seek to broaden the discussion of ghost lore by examining it from a variety of angles in various modern contexts. Diane E. Goldstein, Sylvia Ann Grider, and Jeannie Banks Thomas take ghosts seriously, as they draw on contemporary scholarship that emphasizes both the basis of belief in experience (rather than mere fantasy) and the usefulness of ghost stories. They look closely at the narrative role of such lore in matters such as socialization and gender. And they unravel the complex mix of mass media, commodification, and popular culture that today puts old spirits into new contexts.

Illustrations
Introduction: Old Spirits in New Bottles
Taking Ghosts Seriously
The Usefulness of Ghost Stories
Scientific Rationalism and Supernatural Experience Narratives
Narrating Socialization and Gender
Gender and Ghosts
Children's Ghost Stories
Old Spirits in New Contents
Haunted Houses
The Commodification of Belief
Conclusion: The "Spectral Turn"
Notes
Bibliography
Filmography
Index

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