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More things: Horror, materialism and speculative weirdism

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Exploring links between speculative materialist philosophy and the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, this article tracks how theories of horror have been defined, developed and transformed in relation to literary and philosophical notions of the ‘Thing’. Moving from Kantian ideas of ‘noumenon’ to Gothic Things and from post-structuralist engagements with subjective and cultural limits, the argument plots the interrelationship between speculative realism and Lovecraft in terms of changing ideas of matter, science and the human.

Keywords: Lovecraft; horror; post-humanism; speculative realism; thing; weird

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/host.3.2.281_1

Affiliations: Kingston University

Publication date: September 26, 2012

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  • Horror Studies intends to serve the international academic community in the humanities and specifically those scholars interested in horror. Exclusively examining horror, this journal will provide interested professionals with an opportunity to read outstanding scholarship from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including work conceived as interdisciplinary. By expanding the conversation to include specialists concerned with diverse historical periods, varied geography, and a wide variety of expressive media, this journal will inform and stimulate anyone interested in a wider and deeper understanding of horror
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