Essay by Professor Sandlin Published

The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film book cover

Professor Sandlin recently published an essay titled, "Haunting mothers: alternative modes of communication in Geographies of Home and Soledad" in a volume published by the University of Delaware Press (2013): The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities. Sandlin's essay discusses two contemporary Dominican American novels (Geographies of Home, by Loida Maritza Pérez and Soledad by Angie Cruz) and the ways in which the "spectral" mother characters teach their daughters about identity, empowerment, and survival.

The following comes from the publisher's description of the book: The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities is a collection of essays aimed at expanding the concepts of “ghost” and “haunting” beyond literary tools used to add supernatural flavor to include questions of identity, visibility, memory and trauma, and history. Using a wide scope of texts from varying time periods and cultures, including fiction and film, this collection explores the phenomenon of social ghosts. What does it mean, for example, to be invisible, to be a ghost, particularly when that ghost is representative of a person or group living on the margins of society? Why do specific types of ghosts tend to haunt certain cultures and/or places? What is it about a people’s history that invites these types of hauntings? The essays in this book, like pieces of a puzzle, approach the larger questions from diverse individual perspectives, but, taken together, they offer a richly detailed composite discussion of what it means to be haunted.