Ghosts are never just ghosts

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“Andrew Smith describes ghosts as “historical beings because they are messengers about the preoccupations of a particular age.… Ghosts are never just ghosts; they provide us with an insight into what haunts our culture.”” (p.282)

Ref: Isabella van Elferen Haunted by a Melody: Ghosts, Transgression, and Music in Twin Peaks, pp.282-295 in Esther Peeren, and María del Pilar Blanco (Eds.). Popular Ghosts : The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture. London, GBR: Continuum International Publishing, 2010.

Reference is to: Andrew Smith, ‘Hauntings,’ in The Routledge Companion to Gothic, ed. Catherine Spooner and Emma McEvoy (London: Routledge, 2007), 153

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