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Essays & Analysis (16)

4,493 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following essay, Penzoldt presents a brief analysis of the rise and development of the ghost story in literature. Although the short ghost story became a popular form in English literature duri... Read more
7,730 words, approx. 26 pages
In the following essay, Beyer outlines some major changes in the use of apparitions in Scandinavian and German literature, establishing a connection between this transformation and the advent of the R... Read more
4,012 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Fleming considers the supernatural elements in Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. The question of the reliability of the governess in The Turn of the Screw has produced... Read more
7,879 words, approx. 27 pages
In the following essay, van Peer and van der Knaap recount various critical responses to Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, attempting to resolve the conflict between critics who view the tale... Read more
5,147 words, approx. 18 pages
In the following essay, Young addresses the theme of the absence of communication among women in Wharton's “The Pomegranate Seed.” “What the ghost really needs is not echoi... Read more
5,228 words, approx. 18 pages
In the following essay, Balestra compares two versions of Wharton's “Pomegranate Seed” and “All Souls',” using them as a basis to examine Wharton's ide... Read more
8,300 words, approx. 28 pages
In the following essay, Michalski suggests that M. R. James' ghost stories reflect his concerns about contemporary society and politics. If an interest in the supernatural or the occult betrays... Read more
9,325 words, approx. 32 pages
In the following essay, Simpson evaluates the impact of English folklore and oral storytelling traditions on M. R. James' ghost stories. When Dr Montague Rhodes James of King's College, ... Read more
6,335 words, approx. 22 pages
In the following essay, Sullivan examines the reasons for the proliferation of ghost stories in late-nineteenth century England. In the past ghosts had certain traditional activities; they could speak... Read more
4,998 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, originally published in 1987, Leithauser delineates the major characteristics of the English ghost story. Whether there is any necessary link between a devotion to afternoon sw... Read more
7,709 words, approx. 26 pages
In the following essay, Thompson contends that Transcendentalism was one of the main reasons why few American authors wrote ghost stories in the nineteenth century. Where do we find ourselves? In a se... Read more
7,601 words, approx. 26 pages
In the following essay, Brogan examines the unique characteristics of American ghost stories. As I sat in the darkened theater of the Yale Rep, watching the 1987 opening performance of August Wilson&#... Read more
8,582 words, approx. 29 pages
In the following essay, Redding explores the relevance of history in the creation of American literary traditions. What ghosts can say— Even the ghosts of fathers—comes obscurely. What i... Read more
3,976 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Makino presents an analysis of Hearn's “Yuki-Onna,” noting its inspirational debt to one of Baudelaire's poems. “Yuki-Onna” (“T... Read more
10,575 words, approx. 36 pages
In the following essay, Sullivan evaluates the influence of M. R. James on several English ghost story writers. The publication of M. R. James's Ghost Stories of an Antiquary set in motion a sp... Read more
11,556 words, approx. 39 pages
In the following essay, Tangherlini surveys the use of ghosts and the supernatural in late nineteenth-century Danish legends. Few cultures conceive of ghosts as a predominantly positive force and, qui... Read more