This essay is about the ghost as an idea that does cultural work in most, if not all, cultures. Its basic premise – that of an immaterial presence haunting the living – is the same everywhere, but it has many variants. Yet the specific demands of cultural context – the various times and places in which the ghost-idea is employed – inflect the general idea in distinctive ways. This essay focuses on one of these inflections: the contemporary Western popular discourse on ghosts, flourishing most evidently on the internet.
|Title of host publication||Technologies of magic|
|Subtitle of host publication||a cultural study of ghosts, machines and the uncanny|
|Place of Publication||Sydney, NSW|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|