FYS 128 Ghosts

Cornelia Pearsall, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

 This course explores what Toni Morrison in Beloved calls “the living activity of the dead”:  their ambitions, their desires, their effects.  Often returning as figures of memory or history, ghost raise troubling questions as to what it is they, or we, have to learn.  We shall survey a variety of phantasmagorical representations in poems, short stories, novels, films, spiritualist and scientific treatises, and spirit photography.  This course counts towards the English major.  Enrollment limited to 16 first-year students.