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The Phantom ImageSeeing the Dead in Ancient Rome$
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Patrick R. Crowley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226648293

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226648323.001.0001

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Forms of Spectrality

Forms of Spectrality

(p.223) Epilogue Forms of Spectrality
The Phantom Image

Patrick R. Crowley

University of Chicago Press

Taking up the comparative case of modern phantasmagoria, this epilogue resituates the book as offering a hitherto neglected, but important, prehistory to the Christianizing belief in ghosts in late antiquity and the Middle Ages on the one hand, and on the other the rationalizing attempts in modernity to dispel or eradicate such a belief—if only to displace it elsewhere (e.g., the enchantments of technology, psychoanalysis, physiological theories of hallucination, etc.).

Keywords:   Spectrality, Jacques Derrida, Optics, Catoptrics, Mirrors, Vision, Belief, Cinema, Photography

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