THE SPECTRAL ARCTIC - Dreams and Ghosts in Polar Exploration
A Live, Illustrated Zoom Talk with Historian Shane McCorristine
Thursday 18th March 2021 at 7:00 pm

For centuries, the Arctic was imagined as an otherworldly place, a strange, little-understood region where anything can happen. This polar intrigue has permeated literature, such as Philip Pullman's Northern Lights, but was particularly prevalent in Victorian times with tales of derring-do, ghostly voyages and cannibalism. Pushing fiction aside, Shane McCorristine will trace the roots of these stories to unearth just how far they lay from poetic fluff. Shane will reveal how ghosts, dreams, and frozen mummies actually played significant roles in how polar exploration was imagined and carried out.

In this talk will uncover the hidden stories of dreaming and haunted explorers, of frozen mummies and rescue balloons, visits to Inuit shamans, and of the entranced female clairvoyants who traveled to the Arctic in search of the two lost ships of John Franklin's 1848 lost expedition.

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Shane McCorristine
Shane McCorristine is a Lecturer in Modern British History at Newcastle University. An interdisciplinary historian, his research focuses on the 'night side' of modern experience. Drawing approaches from cultural history and the medical humanities, he explores social attitudes toward dreams, ghosts, death and the supernatural. He is the author of Spectres of the Self: Thinking about Ghosts and Ghost-seeing in England, 1750-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Spiritualism, Mesmerism, and the Occult, 1800-1920 (Pickering & Chatto, 2012), and most recently, The Spectral Arctic: A History of Dreams and Ghosts in Polar Exploration (UCL Press, 2018).

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