- By Ronald C. Finucane

Ghosts: Appearances of the Dead & Cultural Transformation

  • Title: Ghosts: Appearances of the Dead & Cultural Transformation
  • Author: Ronald C. Finucane
  • ISBN: 9781573920681
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ghosts Appearances of the Dead Cultural Transformation 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 re

    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 thThroughout 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 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.

    1 thought on “Ghosts: Appearances of the Dead & Cultural Transformation

    1. The most well-researched, logical approach to the topic hands-down. While never discounting the phenomenon, Finucane certainly makes the reader very aware of how the socio-political framework surrounding these tales often shapes the manner in which these ghosts are perceived from one period to the next. A must-read for anyone seriously interested in the subject.

    2. This was a fun book when it started but bogged down with tons of detail in the Middle Ages. By the time I got through that I found myself not caring. I liked the book and I'll pass it along to a friend who loves this subject but I don't think I'll ever read it again. Again, the Classical World stuff was awesome but the rest suffered from too many examples that dragged the study down like chains around Marley's body ;)

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