and specters, the eerie and the occult. Why is contemporary culture so
preoccupied by the supernatural, so captivated by the revenants of an
earlier age, so haunted? The concept of Hauntology has evolved since
first emerging in the 1990s, and has now entered the cultural mainstream
as a shorthand for our new-found obsession with the recent past. But
where does this term come from and what exactly does it mean?
book seeks to answer these questions by examining the history of our
fascination with the uncanny from the golden age of the Victorian ghost
story to the present day. From Dickens to Derrida, MR James to Mark
Fisher; from the rise of Spiritualism to the folk horror revival, Hauntology
traces our continuing engagement with these esoteric ideas. Moving
between the literary and the theoretical, the visual and the political, Hauntology explores our nostalgia for the cultural artifacts of a past from which we seem unable to break free.