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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Jellerson, Donald C
Author's Email Address donald.jellerson@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-07152009-131430
Title Ghost Complaint: Historiography, Gender, and the Return of the Dead in Elizabethan Literature
Degree PhD
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kathryn Schwarz Committee Co-Chair
Lynn Enterline Committee Co-Chair
Leah Marcus Committee Member
Peter Lake Committee Member
  • Female Complaint
  • Tyranny
Date of Defense 2009-05-15
Availability unrestricted
In this study, I read Elizabethan ghost complaint poetry as a locus for understanding the era’s obsessive desire to speak with, for, and as the dead. In charting the rise to popularity of this now neglected poetic form, I employ and advance theories of haunting temporality as articulated in modern as well as early modern philosophy, historiography, and gender theory. My study of ghost complaint poems revises our understanding of how early modern poets and dramatists appropriate historiographic discourses and deploy gendered voices.
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