Ghosts: Appearances of the Dead & Cultural Transformation

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Prometheus Books, 1996 - Nature - 232 pages
Throughout history, people have reported seeing "ghosts." But a Victorian ghost is in many respects a very different phenomenon from a ghost in Classical Greece, or in medieval Europe. Finucane surveys reports of ghosts from ancient Greece, the early Christian era, the Reformation, the Victorian age, and through the twentieth century. He asks such questions as: How have the physical aspects claimed for ghosts varied from age to age? What differences are there in the functions and intentions ascribed to ghosts? How have the changes in more general beliefsin religion and science, in particularinfluenced the perception of ghosts? Drawing on primary sources from all periods and cultures, Finucane addresses this topic in its full breadth.

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My reaction to reading this book in 1993. I picked this book up on a lark and am glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this witty, informative book. The cultural history of ghosts is fascinating – from the ... Read full review

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Christianity and EarlyMedieval Revenants
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Purgatory Penance and the Restless Dead in
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Demons and Ghosts
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R.C. Finucane (Rochester, MI) is chairperson of the Department of History at Oakland University.

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