The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures

Editors: Jenzen, Olu and Munt, Sally R.
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing

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ISBN: 978-1-4094-4467-1
Category: Social Sciences
Image Count: 52
Book Status: Available
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The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures constitutes an essential resource for those interested in the academic study of cultural engagements with paranormality; it will appeal to scholars of cultural and media studies, popular culture, sociology, cultural geography, literature, film and music.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction - Sally R. Munt
  • PART I PARANORMAL EPISTEMOLOGIES
  • Preface
  • 1 Haunted Culture: The Persistence of Belief in the Paranormal - Christopher Partridge
  • 2 The Ghost in the Machine: Spirit and Technology - John Harvey
  • 3 Paranormal Cultural Practices - Annette Hill
  • 4 Extraordinary Experiences with UFOs - David Clarke
  • 5 Ghosts in the Body: Infections, Genes, and the Re-enchantment of Biology - Robert Peckham
  • 6 Sceptic Culture: Traditions of Disbelief in New Mexico - William J. Dewan
  • 7 ‘Paranormal Science’ from America to Italy: A Case of Cultural Homogenisation - Andrea Molle and Christopher D. Bader
  • 8 Making Sense of the Paranormal: A Platonic Context for Research Methods - Angela Voss
  • 9 Everyday Ghosts: A Matter of Believing in Belonging - Abby Day
  • 10 ‘A Giant Bedsheet with the Holes Cut Out’: Expectations and Discussions of the Appearance of Ghost - Paul Cowdell
  • 11 Interpreting Death and the Afterlife in US Paranormal Reality Television Programmes and Online Fan Groups - Diane Dobry
  • PART II THE PARANORMAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE
  • Preface
  • 12 Wilhelm Reich and the Etheric Warriors - Sarah Jane Sloane
  • 13 Other Senses: The Politics of Mediumship - Esther Peeren
  • 14 ‘There's Something in My House’: Television and the Politics of the Paranormal - Heather Nunn and Anita Biressi
  • 15 Social Realism and the Paranormal in Scandinavian Fiction - Olu Jenzen
  • 16 Immersed in Illusion, Haunted by History: Marisa Carnesky's Ghost Train - Josephine Machon
  • 17 Ireland the Anomalous State: Paranormal Cultures and the Irish Literary and Political Revival - Wendy E. Cousins
  • 18 Mexico's La Ilustración Espírita: Towards a Transatlantic Understanding of a Spiritualist Archive - María del Pilar Blanco
  • 19 Visions of the Paranormal: Representations of Psychic Women and Ghosts in Television and Film - Karin Beeler
  • PART III PARANORMAL PHENOMENOLOGIES
  • Preface
  • 20 The Gizmo and the Glitch: Telepathy, Ocular Philosophy, and other Extensions of Sensation - Kristen Gallerneaux Brooks
  • 21 Paranormal Art History: Psychometry and the Afterlife of Objects, a Canadian Case Study - Jennifer Fisher
  • 22 Music and the Paranormal - Melvyn J. Willin
  • 23 Conjuring the Spirits: Suggestion, Magic, and the Cognitive Approach to Performance Creation - Jon Armstrong
  • 24 Trance, Transfiguration and Trust: Spiritualism in Western Australia - Janet Baldwin
  • 25 A Phenomenology of the Ghosthunting Scene in the USA and in Germany - Gerhard Mayer
  • 26 The GHost Project: Manifesting Ghosts through Visual Art and Creative Research - Sarah Sparkes
  • 27 The Monsters of Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes: The Haunting of East London's Lower Lea Valley by Prehistoric Ghosts - Gareth E. Rees
  • 28 A Short Bestiary of Creatures from the Web - Line Henriksen
  • Bibliography