The editors and authors of the remarkable collection Espectros: Ghostly Hauntings in Contemporary Transhispanic Narratives trace a spectral geography that connects the violent histories of Spain and Spanish America. This is an interesting lens through which to explore the use and aesthetics of haunting. . . . The body of writing compiled in Espectros allows readers to understand how trauma is woven into the very fabric of Hispanic history, on both sides of the Atlantic. However, these essays also help us consider ways of treating and moving forward with our conditions as subjects who are always and already haunted—of envisioning treatments of our collective pasts and presents that denote a greater and more meaningful sense of mutual respect and responsibility.
Ultimately, this collection is a welcome contribution to its field, as it provides convincing summaries for some of the key aspects of theory relating to specters and brings together a number of intelligent articles that capture a noteworthy rise in themes of haunting among transhispanic narratives. It attempts to relay subtle distinctions in approaches to these concepts with no pretense of being the last word on the subject. Casting a wide net across both a theoretical and a territorial perspective, Espectros handles ghosts and specters just as they might demand, with respect and attention but without a sense of definitiveness or foreclosure.