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Veerer: Where Ghosts Live

Nicholas Royle

in Veering

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780748636549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636549.003.0008
Veerer: Where Ghosts Live

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This chapter examines the question of where ghosts live through an engagement with the writings of Elizabeth Bowen, Raymond Williams and a few others. Ghosts pass so quickly. Veerer is in the house and up out on the clifftops. ‘Veerer’ is a veerer: its force and value has to do with kinetic strangeness and unpredictability. It might also be a name for that experience in which you find yourself coming into another track, taking a turn with the dead. The picturesque terrace where the author of Modern Love lived at least preserves a visible vestige of this detail of its history: it is called Meredith House. Nature Reserve is not gravely imperilled by the most local and worldwide environmental crisis.

Keywords: veerer; Elizabeth Bowen; Raymond Williams; Meredith House; ghosts; Modern Love

Chapter.  14878 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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