People, Carleigh and I were talking a bit this morning and it prompted me to make a brief post about something Amber’s questions had raised. I think we did a good job in class yesterday of articulating what the ghosts represent, what they correspond to, and what social/cultural work they do. But also, I think they are ghosts. Americans can be resistant to the supernatural outside of films or books, or can see belief in it as fringe, in conflict with intellectualism or rationality. But of course that’s not true of all cultures– being smart, practical, well educated, as Brave Orchid is, and battling or engaging with ghosts are not necessarily incongruous if ghosts/supernatural beings simply do inhabit the same space or are, as we might say, “real.” That can be challenge for us when we read literatures that draw on or represent non-EuroAmerican cultures, and ditto for magical realist texts. Thoughts?