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Ghosts and spectres, the eerie and the occult. Why is contemporary culture so preoccupied by the supernatural, so captivated by the revenants of an earlier age, so haunted? The concept of Hauntology has evolved since first emerging in the 1990s and has now entered the cultural mainstream as a shorthand for our new-found obsession with the recent past. But where does this term come from, and what exactly does it mean?

This book seeks to answer these questions by examining the history of our fascination with the uncanny from the golden age of the Victorian ghost story to the present day. From Dickens to Derrida, MR James to Mark Fisher; from the rise of Spiritualism to the folk horror revival, Hauntology traces our continuing engagement with these esoteric ideas. Moving between the literary and the theoretical, the visual and the political, Hauntology explores our nostalgia for the cultural artefacts of a past from which we seem unable to break free.

©2020 Merlin Coverley (P)2020 W F Howes

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Great book; not the best narrator

The book is great and the narrator is normally pretty good. But he chooses to do accents for quotes in the book. Even when he correctly identifies the accent he should be using (German for Marx, etc.), he isn’t great. But he often misidentifies people. For instance, he reads quotes from Vernon Lee (an English woman) in a terrible French accent for some reason. Many examples of this and some border on the offensive

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  • Narbi Price
  • 08-17-21

Narrator’s accents makes this virtually unlistenable

Sadly Alan Turton’s insistence on doing borderline offensive accents throughout when reading quotes from philosophers, make this very difficult to listen to or take seriously.

From his ‘Allo ‘Allo characterisations of Derrida, Marx and Engels, through his strangely Mancunian Colin Wilson to his Bela Lugosi take on Boym and John Wayne version of Jameson, I’m sure Turton had far more fun in the recording than any audience could get get from the listening.

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  • Bright Phoebus
  • 12-20-21

Accents ruin this reading. Srsly RUIN it.

The accents the reader uses are stupid, inaccurate “joke” impressions. Derrida did not speak with a “comedy” Allo Allo French accent. China Mieville is NOT French. Freud didn’t speak like a Hollywood Nazi. The Irish accent will make want to eat your headphones. Mark Fisher and Reynolds don’t speak like that (?!) he could have done a tiny bit of checking up. Or just (please God) NOT have done random terrible accents !?

I’m not exaggerating when I say the reading makes this unlistenable.

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  • Paul Elliott
  • 12-08-21

Poor reading

I have to point out how much I wanted to like this but in the end I had to return it due to the awful narrator. His pronunciation had a staccato quality that meant I was more aware of the reader than the words he was saying. Worst still was his impressions of famous philosphers, breaking into french accents that I couldn't take seriously. I'm going to buy the book.

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  • 01-07-22

Awful Narration

The book may well be good but I just couldn't get through it given how bad the performance was. The narrator feels the need to constantly whip out comedy accents each time someone is quoted, which happens very frequently. It's unbelievably grating and completely takes you out of understanding what he's talking about; did nobody tell him he was narrating a non-fiction book not playing a bit-part in a panto?

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  • Lester Gabang
  • 12-16-21

still worth ploughing through

I agree with those who have complained about the narration. However, it is very good work with solid research and information on the subject. In the absence of the actual book I value this tremendously.

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