Money and machines: Wilkie Collins’s ghosts

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:
Money and machines: Wilkie Collins’s ghosts

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This chapter studies images of spectrality that can be found in Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White, No Name, Armadale and The Haunted Hotel. It determines that Collins believed that money immorally or illegally acquired makes the self ghostly and visible to the amorality of the economic system. It then introduces ‘The Ghost in the Bank of England’, where Collins addresses the relationship between paper money and the ghostly.

Keywords: images of spectrality; Wilkie Collins; paper money; ghostly; illegal money; No Name; Armadale; The Haunted Hotel

Chapter.  10059 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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