Regis College Senior Honors Program
Thesis - Open Access
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serve as links to the past—that which was once alive is now dead, yet still present. The once-living being can still be interacted with through their spectral representative. A look at the interaction between a ghost and its witness reveals not only truths about the past, but important details about the witness’ interaction with the past. Because the past that comes back to haunt is frequently a painful or traumatic one, a look into trauma theory helps inform the development of ghosts in creative narratives. In this thesis, I will be looking at three typical responses to the appearance of a ghost, and how those responses speak to the effect traumatic memory has upon the trauma survivor. The witness to a ghost within a work of fiction has the choice to respond with fear, with desire, or in rarer cases, with a neutral, non-emotive reaction.
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Nordini, Gina, "Haunted by History: Interpreting Traumatic Memory Through Ghosts in Film and Literature" (2016). Student Publications. 798.