The Spectral Metaphor

Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility

  • Esther Peeren

About this book

Introduction

What does it mean to live as a ghost? Exploring spectrality as a metaphor in the contemporary British and American cultural imagination, Peeren proposes that certain subjects – migrants, servants, mediums and missing persons – are perceived as living ghosts and examines how this figuration can signify both dispossession and empowerment or agency.

Keywords

America bibliography hospital imagination living Medium metaphor migrant migrants migration subject time

Authors and affiliations

  • Esther Peeren
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Media StudiesUniversity of AmsterdamNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137375858
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Media & Culture Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-47748-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-37585-8
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