15. Henry James's Ghosts

  1. Charles L. Crow
  1. Andrew Smith

Published Online: 13 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch15

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic

How to Cite

Smith, A. (2013) Henry James's Ghosts, in A Companion to American Gothic (ed C. L. Crow), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671870

Online ISBN: 9781118608395

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Keywords:

  • Henry James;
  • Ghosts;
  • Anglo-American;
  • Art;
  • History;
  • Place

Summary

“Henry James's Ghosts” explores how Henry James's ghost stories relate to a wider discourse of spectrality that characterizes his work. It is argued that the figure of the specter – a type of absent presence – functions as a conceit for James's Anglo-American cultural affiliations. It is further argued that it is this Anglo-American context which helps to broaden our critical appreciation of the American Gothic.