Despite new historical study of her contexts, Christina Rossetti continues to haunt the reader as a displaced subjectivity emptied of history. Through an analysis of the posthumous in her work, the construction of "Christina Rossetti" by her brothers, and the history of her reception, this study asks how "speaking with the dead" can avoid critical ventrilogquy. The figure of the mother is offered as a paradigm for theorizing a new reading that refuses to exorcise the ghost of "Christina Rossetti."