Who says we don’t publish holiday books? Here’s a selection of spooky titles from Duke:
Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television by Jeffrey Sconce. Sconce examines American culture’s persistent association of new electronic media—from the invention of the telegraph to the introduction of television and computers—with paranormal or spiritual phenomena.
Ghosts of Passion: Martyrdom, Gender, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War by Brian Bunk. Bunk argues that both sides in the Spanish Civil War deployed religious imagery to characterize the political situation as a battle between good and evil.
Haunted by Empire:Geographies of Intimacy in North American History edited by Ann Stoler. Essays examine what happens when colonizer and colonized come together in intimate situations.
Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History by Ian Baucom. Baucom links the tragic loss of the slave ship Zong to the culture of financial speculation that underlies the development of Atlantic modernity.
Civilization and Monsters: Spirits of Modernity in Meiji Japan by Gerald Figal. How monsters, ghosts, the supernatural, the fantastic, and the mysterious are crucial to the development of Japanese modernity.