Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, Jan 1, 2007 - Education - 252 pages
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Why do so many American college students tell stories about encounters with ghosts? In Haunted Halls, the first book-length interpretive study of college ghostlore, Elizabeth Tucker takes the reader back to school to get acquainted with a wide range of college spirits. Some of the best-known ghosts that she discusses are Emory University\'s Dooley, who can disband classes by shooting professors with his water pistol; Mansfield Uni-versity\'s Sara, who threw herself down a flight of stairs after being rejected by her boyfriend; and Huntingdon College\'s Red Lady, who slit her wrists while dressed in a red robe. Gettysburg College students have collided with ghosts of soldiers, while students at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College have reported frightening glimpses of the Faceless Nun. Tucker presents campus ghostlore from the mid-1960s to 2006, with special attention to stories told by twenty-first-century students through e-mail and instant messages. Her approach combines social, psychological, and cultural analysis, with close attention to students\' own explanations of the significance of spectral phenomena. As metaphors of disorder, insanity, and school spirit, college ghosts convey multiple meanings. Their colorful stories warn students about the dangers of overindulgence, as well as the pitfalls of potentially horrifying relationships. Besides offering insight into students\' initiation into campus life, college ghost stories make important statements about injustices suffered by Native Americans, African Americans, and others. Elizabeth Tucker is associate professor of English at Binghamton University. She is the author of Campus Legends: A Handbook and has published widely in folklore journals.

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This book was mildly interesting; ghost stories aren't really my thing, but some of the stories are pretty unique and bring up some intriguing cultural issues. Read full review


Chapter One Campus Ghostlore
Chapter Two Sensory Evidence
Chapter Three Ghostly Warnings
Chapter Four Troubling Encounters
Chapter Five Desperate Lovers
Chapter Six Wailing Women
Chapter Seven Spectral Indians
Chapter Eight Legend Quests
References Cited
Index of Tale Types and Motifs
General Index

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About the author (2007)

Elizabeth Tucker, Binghamton, New York, is a professor of English at Binghamton University. She is the author of "Campus Legends: A Handbook"; "Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses" (University Press of Mississippi); "Children's Folklore: A Handbook"; and "Haunted Southern Tier".

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