This book examines the ways in which ghosts haunt and shape cultural identities and memory, considering the manner in which the fluctuations of such identities sometimes imply the rethinking or rewriting of the past.

Drawing on case studies in historical, political, literary and linguistic studies, it explores the narratives that produce imagined communities and identities and the places in which cultural identities are constructed through memory, asking how far these identities and memories disinherit or exclude otherness, and how far ghosts disturb orderly narratives, inviting multiple readings of the past. Thematically organized to consider the persistence of ghosts within present memory and identity, the creation of new identities through intertwining narratives of the past, and the reclamation of identities in postcolonial contexts, Memory and Identity: Ghosts of the past in the English-speaking world offers a multi-disciplinary examination of the concept of haunting.

Memory and Identity will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and history with interests in memory and identity.

chapter |11 pages

Introduction Memory and identity

Ghosts of the past in the English-speaking world

part I|68 pages

Shackled identities

chapter 2|17 pages

The invisible American shoeshine boy

Creation and persistence of a ghostly icon

chapter 3|15 pages

Australian ghosts

Representations of the past in Australia

chapter 4|18 pages

Ghosts from the future

Post-apocalyptic narratives in Scotland and the displacement of memory

part III|73 pages

Reclaimed identities

chapter 8|18 pages

Haunting in a postcolony

Race, place and intergenerational trauma on a South African campus

chapter 9|15 pages

First World War memorial ghosts and the reshaping of South African identity

Remembering the SS Mendi in Delville Wood

chapter 10|19 pages

Blyton's ghosts

Childhood receptions in India and Britain

chapter 11|19 pages

Decolonial poetics

Ghosts of coloniality, capitalism, and care in contemporary anglophone literature