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Dead Man Gazing: Posthumous Voyeurism in 12 Storeys, or "Splacing" Singapore's Official and Unofficial Discourses

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At first, a spirit is earthbound. Gradually, he goes on and becomes acclimatized to the unseen. After learning he goes on until at last he becomes a leader and teacher. Spiritualism is a science, not a speculation.

This is an excerpt of a sermon delivered by the husband of the late actress Anny Ahlers, expressing his belief in life after death.2 Though speaking in a context temporally and culturally different from the focus of my paper, his remark about a ghost's ability to become "leader" and "teacher" suggests that, instead of treating spirits as phenomena outside intellectual discourse, we may learn a thing or two from them by using some humility.
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Keywords: 12 Storeys; dead; living; posthumous gaze; understanding; voyeurism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Nanyang Technological University

Publication date: September 1, 2000

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