Possessions

Possessions

The History and Uses of Haunting in the Hudson Valley

eBook - 2003
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The cultural landscape of the Hudson River valley is crowded with ghosts - the ghosts of Native Americans and Dutch colonists, of Revolutionary war soldiers and spies, of presidents, slaves, priests and labourers. This book asks why this region just outside New York City became the locus for so many ghostly tales, and shows how these hauntings came to operate as a peculiar type of social memory whereby things lost, forgotten, or marginalized retuned to claim possession of imaginations and territories. of local folklore and regional writings, Judith Richardson explores the causes and consequences of Hudson Valley hauntings to reveal how ghosts both evolve from specific historical contexts and are conjured to serve the present needs of those they haunt. These tales of haunting, Richardson argues, are no mere echoes of the past but function in an ongoing, contentious politics of place. Through its tight geographical focus, the work illuminates problems of belonging and possession that haunt the nation as a whole.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
ISBN: 0674011619
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 296 p.) : ill., maps
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc

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