Hauntology: Ghosts of Futures Past (Paperback)

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It took me until almost the end of 2021 to find my book of the year.  Not that I haven't read a large number of brilliant books this year, but for me none of them spoke to the feeling of living in this year - the chaos and the boredom that have gone hand in unloveable hand.  Hauntology: Ghosts of Futures Past by the rather wonderfully named Merlin Coverley with its evocation of all of the futures that we have been denied and the pasts that we cannot be reconciled with has been that book for me.

— From Lynda’s Picks

Lynda's Pick

It took me until almost the end of 2021 to find my book of the year. Not that I haven't read a large number of brilliant books this year, but for me none of them spoke to the feeling of living in this year - the chaos and the boredom that have gone hand in unloveable hand. Hauntology: Ghosts of Futures Past by the rather wonderfully named Merlin Coverley with its evocation of all of the futures that we have been denied and the pasts that we cannot be reconciled with has been that book for me.

— From The Book Table's Best Books of 2021

Description


Ghosts 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?

This 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.

About the Author


Merlin Coverley is the author of six books: London Writing, Psychogeography, Occult London, Utopia, The Art of Wandering, and South, a critical and wide-ranging study of the allure of the South across geography, mythology, literature, and history. He lives in London.

Praise For…


"This little book [Psychogeography] does exactly what an introduction should; it examines, explains, and whets the appetite." —Telegraph

"Splendid, scholarly and suffused with evocative stories and biographical sketches." —Booklist on The Art of Wandering

"This succinct book is a definite first port of call for anyone interested in this most esoteric of theories. A portmanteau of information, a pin-pointing of psychogeography's literary impact and standing, and a stimulating read." —3AM Magazine

"Moving between geography and mythology, literature and history, [South] is the first book to look at all things southern in one volume." —Nick Rennison, author, Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography

"South takes in an impressive array of artists, from Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Jorge Luis Borges, while Coverley comes up with some astute readings of great literature, and has a perceptive eye for how tourism has shaped our understanding of place." —Herald

"Coverley's approach is an enlightening one." —Huffington Post UK

"Highly recommended." —Cauldron


Product Details
ISBN: 9780857304193
ISBN-10: 0857304194
Publisher: Oldcastle Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English