With these stresses in mind, I explore the nexus of melodrama and spectrality
following the cues offered by Mary Shelley's experience of it.
One way of linking hauntology to metamorphictional writing is to consider Kafka's commentary on the spectrality
of epistolary writing.
L'espace(ment) n'existe pas ou n'existe plus (space[ing] does not exist or no longer exists), and, with this absence, all dichotomies, separations, and differences are erased: The known and the unknowable, writer and reader, simultaneity and rime lag, all are one and the same, part of one world--the world of spectrality
Characterizing Marxist ideology in terms of spectrality
and hauntology that collapse the past, present, and future without distinction, Derrida writes:
The startling quality of the Russian theme resides in its spectrality
The final chapter, on "Queer Spectrality
," pulls all of the carefully-elaborated possibilities together in a complex argument about identity politics in postmodern and early modern texts.
16) See the introduction, where all these claims are made, in Julian Wolfreys, Victorian Hauntings: Spectrality
, Gothic, the Uncanny and Literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002), pp.
In its white spectrality
," wrote Montgomery Schuyler, "`it shines over city and river.
These metaphors of spectrality
not only hint at her ultimate fate but also connect her with another incorporeal figure in Idylls, Percivale's sister, whose extreme asceticism, noted earlier, renders her virtually transparent.
Indissociable from textuality, spectrality
can be viewed as a metaphor for the essential negativity at the heart of language: "Death strolls between letters" declares Derrida (108).
The Dance Partner emphasizes the spectrality
of the Ghost Dance, both as an historical movement and as an activating metaphor for contemporary indigenous identity.
By reading Donoghue's reparative gesture through recent articulations of spectrality
and queer temporality, I present the novel as a form of narrative crypt that provides a phantasmal space for the spectral return of those who have been abjected from history, not only as a consequence of their gender, race, and class, but also because of their inability or refusal to comply with the normative temporal rhythms of the society in which they live.