Ghostly Apparitions: German Idealism, the Gothic Novel, and Optical Media, by Stefan Andriopoulos

Zone Books, $28.95/£19.95 (hardcover)

By Brian Dillon

Consider this vague but excitable passage: ‘In phantasmagorical presentations it is night on all sides; here a bloody head surges forward, there another white form abruptly appears, before vanishing again. It is the night of the world that presents itself here.’ A study of spectral media and their place in post-Enlightenment thoughtThe lines don’t come, as may be expected, from the likes of Thomas De Quincey or Edgar Allan Poe, but from a lecture that G.W.F. Hegel delivered in 1805.…

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