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Spooks and Holy Ghosts: Spectral Politics and the Politics of Spectrality in Hilary Mantel's 'Eight Months on Ghazzah Street'

Arnold, Lucy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3707-3409 (2016) Spooks and Holy Ghosts: Spectral Politics and the Politics of Spectrality in Hilary Mantel's 'Eight Months on Ghazzah Street'. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 57 (3). pp. 294-309. ISSN Print: 0011-1619 Online: 1939-9138

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Abstract

This article maps the complex interactions between the political and the spectral in Hilary Mantel’s critically neglected novel Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, charting the complex and sometimes paradoxical relationships between agency, invisibility, spectrality, and power that are present in this text. By mobilizing the work of Jacques Rancière alongside the thinking of Jacques Lacan, this article establishes Eight Months on Ghazzah Street as a text driven by the need to articulate the politically charged nature of the liminal space wherein individuals and events can be rendered spectral.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Spectrality, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, Saudi Arabia, Hilary Mantel, Jacques Rancière
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Lucy Arnold
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2019 09:42
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2019 09:42
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7463

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