Victorian Ghosts, 1852-1907: EN 4573 Collection


The following collection of Victorian Ghost Stories was collated and annotated by scholars at York University enrolled in the fourth-year Victorian Ghosts course offered through the department of English during Fall 2020.

Starting with Elizabeth Gaskell’s “The Old Nurse’s Story” (1852)—a staple of many Victorian Ghost Story Anthologies—and ending with Ambrose Bierce’s “The Moonlit Road” (1907), this collection includes twenty-one ghost stories spanning six decades. As our classes were moved online for the 2020-21 academic year, this Scalar project functioned as a collaborative space with each student responsible for one ghost story (writing a short introduction and creating explanatory notes) and then finding links between those texts (and texts outside the course) to create a critical apparatus that helps guide readers through the anthology.

This is the first edition and attempt at creating a project of this kind for this course and I hope it offers a foundation for future projects for EN 4573 (Victorian Ghosts) at York University. I cannot praise the students enough for their effort and enthusiasm during our time together when faced with learning a new software and completing unfamiliar assignments—not to mention, doing this all while navigating a (new to many of them) completely remote learning environment.

If you have any questions or comments about the project, I can be reached at

Matthew Dunleavy

Course Director, Victorian Ghosts
York University
January 2021

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