Ghosts and Skeletons

Metaphors of Guilty History in Ian Rankin’s Rebus Series

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The author examines Ian Rankin’s use of the gothic convention of the ghost in Black and Blue, Dead Souls, Set in Darkness, and “The Very Last Drop.” In these works, ghosts and skeletons are used as metaphors for Detective Inspector John Rebus’s guilt over past mistakes and for the dark past of his home city, Edinburgh. This article originally appeared in Clues: A Journal of Detection, Volume 30, Issue 2. E-singles available directly from McFarland are usually available in both epub and PDF formats.  Where both exist, your purchase entitles you to both.  The files are DRM-free and are available to you for subsequent download in your customer account page.

About the Author(s)

Erin E. MacDonald is a professor of English at Fanshawe College’s School of Language and Liberal Studies in London, Ontario. She published a literary companion book on Ed McBain and is writing one on Ian Rankin. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of American and Comparative Cultures and in Clues.

Bibliographic Details

Erin E. MacDonald
Format: E-Single
Pages: 9
Bibliographic Info: bibliography
Copyright Date: 2015
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2235-4

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