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Volume 9, Issue 1 (July 2011) : 95-109
Spectral History
The Ghost Stories of Dorothy Macardle
Irina Ruppo Malone
Rubric A: Episodes in the History of Ideas
Rubric B: Irish Literature



The article focuses on Earth-Bound: Nine Stories of Ireland (1924), a collection of ghost stories composed by Dorothy Macardle, an Irish writer, historian, and political journalist. The article demonstrates how Tzvetan Todorovís concept of the readerís hesitation, as central to the fantastic (and by extension to the gothic genre), helps one understand Macardleís engagement with the sacrificial ideology of Irish nationalism. Macardleís collection of stories of supernatural apparitions during the troubled 1920s makes Irish history the sphere of the fantastic. It makes the reader hesitate ó not between the different approaches to the supernatural ó but between the conflicting ideological positions presented in the text.

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