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strangeness by virtue of being mysterious and inspiring fear

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The ghostliness of the other, a textual construction through which Byron contemplates the violent premise and aftermath of every cross-cultural encounter (including the symbolic encounter between a poet and his characters), becomes simultaneously a way out of that violence, for what it does is to manifest Byron's respectful retreat from the colonialist desire to define and master the other.
Unlike the ghostliness with which Dracula permeates Browning's film, Spadoni notes the visual directness, the bluntness, with which Karioff's body, aided by the work of Universal make-up wizard Jack Pierce, dominates the frame.
All the dancers wore pale make-up, which identified with a sensation of ghostliness.
MCCORD: There was a ghostliness about her, an erasure.
Anna listened because she had no choice, found beauty in the ghostliness of these myriad, hidden noises because insomniacs are not spared the detail in the brush of sounds, no matter how hurried.
because in your existence there is no practical purpose ho hallucinogen to honor the uncircumcised glintings reflected down into the limitless gullets connecting anti-being & being connecting the weakened marsupial ghostliness those collective spirals of ghostliness with presence as essential nublado
Wordsworth's apprehension of the loss of empirical tangibility, the ever-increasing ghostliness of things, was in this sense a counterpart to his apprehension of the ascent of the commodity form.
Similarly, in cyberspace "we find a culture possessed by ghostliness, memory, and the past" (128).
Both Wordsworth and Barrett explore poetry's ghostliness in their sonnets; both poets negotiate the interplay between representation and incarnation.
We've talked about ghosts, ghostliness, and I bring up another common thread that I find in your books, the way in which the past inhabits the present, the way in which the past condemns the present, haunts and tortures, the sense of a looming and often malignant influence that the past exerts on the present, and you were responsible with some other guy who's slipped into obscurity, for an anthology called The New Gothic.
His essay draws on the recursive energies of a discipline shaped by its own ghostliness, haunting the past by which it is simultaneously pursued.
David Simpson, Chapter 5, "The Ghostliness of Things," in Wordsworth, Commodification and Social Concern: the Poetics of Modernity (New York: Cambridge UP, 2009) 143-73; also see Frederick A Pottle, "The Eye and the Object in the Poetry of Wordsworth," in Romanticism and Consciousness: Essays in Criticism, ed.
What makes Jarvis' writing particularly powerful here is that by the end of this extract he is channeling Wordsworth--and by that idiom I intend reference not simply to the echo at the end of the last sentence, but rather to the way in which the entire passage draws its strength from its fascination with the ghostliness of the demarcations between human and inhuman, life and non-life.
But it is then all too easy to miss the other side of the coin, the shadow of the substance, the "real" ghostliness of things that the imagination wants to attribute to itself, to its singular figurative operations, but which (in so far as it is a shared imagination) we might more correctly assign to a general condition.
One should spell out once again the paradox involved here, paradox, that is, in the terms of common-sense modern political thought: I am insisting on the ghostliness of the real, and on the structured, material concreteness of discursive formation and archaeological necessity, or, in another nomenclature, of "ideology.