Spectral Memories of Post-Crash Iceland: Memory, Identity and the Haunted Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Art (Hardcover)

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Spectral Memories of Post-Crash Iceland: Memory, Identity and the Haunted Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Art (Hardcover)

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How does the spectre appear in Icelandic literature and visual art created in the aftermath of the economic crash in Iceland in 2008? Why does it emerge at that specific point in time and what can it tell us about repressed collective memories in Iceland? The book explores how the crash becomes an implicit background setting in novels that address the silences and gaps of the family archive, and how crime fiction employs generic features of horror to explicitly tackle the ghosts residing in the lost homes of the financial crash. Spectral space is an apparent theme of cultural memories produced in times of crisis, and the book explores how this is made apparent in visual art of the period.
Product Details ISBN: 9789004685482
ISBN-10: 9004685480
Publisher: Brill
Publication Date: December 6th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English