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Introduction

Andrew Smith

in The Ghost Story, 1840–1920

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780719074462
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074462.003.0001
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This chapter introduces the ghost story, which previously incorporated a wide range of serious social issues. It examines the development of the belief in ghosts from the medieval period to the eighteenth century. It then tries to explain how to read the spectre, before ending with a detailed summary of the next eight chapters.

Keywords: ghost story; social issues; belief in ghosts; reading the spectre

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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