This anthology explores the spatial dimension and politics of haunting. It considers how the ‘appearance’ of absence, emptiness and the imperceptible can indicate an overwhelming presence of something that once was, and still is, (t)here. At its core, the book asks: how and why do certain places haunt us? Drawing from a diversity of mediums, forms and disciplinary approaches, the contributors to Spectral Spaces and Hauntings illustrate the complicated ways absent presences can manifest and be registered. The case studies range from the memory sites of a terrorist attack, the lost home, a vanished mining town and abandoned airports, to the post-apocalyptic wastelands in literary fiction, the photographic and filmic surfaces where spectres materialise, and the body as a site for re-corporealising the disappeared and dead. In ruminating on the afteraffects of spectral spaces on human experience, the anthology importantly foregrounds the ethical and political imperative of engaging with ghosts and following their traces.

chapter |16 pages


Locating Spectres

part I|83 pages

Private Hauntings

chapter 1|21 pages

The Haunted Spaces of 7/7

Memory, Mediatisation and Performance

chapter 2|11 pages

Dream House

chapter 3|19 pages

Home Is Where the Hearth Was

Remembering and Place-Making a Vanished Town

chapter 4|15 pages

Unsettling Space and Time

Journey to Purton Ships’ Graveyard

chapter 5|16 pages

‘Popping Up to See Pat’

Attending Absence at Roadside Shrines

part II|94 pages

Spectres of the Social

chapter 6|14 pages

‘Un aéroport-fantôme’

The Ghost of Mirabel International Airport

chapter 7|16 pages

Zombie South

Cormac McCarthy’s Architectures of the Undead

chapter 8|17 pages

Double Exposure

Rephotography and the Life of Place

chapter 9|15 pages

Ghosts on Screen

The Politics of Intertemporality

chapter 10|17 pages

‘Our Monuments Shall Be the Maws of Kites’

Laura Oldfield Ford and the Ghosts of Psychogeography Past

chapter 11|13 pages

From Spectres of Horror to ‘The Beautiful Death’

Re-Corporealising the Desaparecidos of Argentina