By Judith Richardson
The cultural panorama of the Hudson River Valley is crowded with ghosts--the ghosts of local americans and Dutch colonists, of innovative warfare squaddies and spies, of presidents, slaves, monks, and workers. Possessions asks why this zone simply outdoor long island urban turned the locus for thus many ghostly stories, and exhibits how those hauntings got here to function as a weird form of social reminiscence wherein issues misplaced, forgotten, or marginalized lower back to say ownership of imaginations and territories. analyzing Washington Irving's tales in addition to a various array of narratives from neighborhood folklore and local writings, Judith Richardson explores the explanations and results of Hudson Valley hauntings to bare how ghosts either evolve from particular historic contexts and are conjured to serve the current wishes of these they hang-out. those stories of haunting, Richardson argues, are not any mere echoes of the previous yet functionality in an ongoing, contentious politics of position. via its tight geographical concentration, Possessions illuminates difficulties of belonging and owning that hang-out the kingdom as a complete.