H.P. Lovecraft's weird tale ideal: Angela Carter's new weird dystopia

Wicks, Anne-Maree (2018) H.P. Lovecraft's weird tale ideal: Angela Carter's new weird dystopia. Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique, 35/36. pp. 165-182. ISSN 1325-9490

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This paper critiques whether H. P. Lovecraft’s Old Weird standards remain relevant to the ways in which women writing the New Weird resist and/or transform the Lovecraftian weird tale ideal. Lovecraft explains that there must be particular attention taken in order to achieve the great desideratum of Weird Fiction: Lovecraftian aura of cosmic horror achieves the strange reality of the unreal. This elevation of Lovecraft has produced a scholarship that tends to discuss an Old canon exclusively authored by men, silencing the work of women writers within the genre, and sidelining women’s dystopias as examples of masculine authority and fear. The aim of this discussion is to identify women’s grotesque bodies within the New as depicted by Angela Carter’s The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972). Through this, I aim to reveal how women writers are rewriting Old phallogocentrism in a way that achieves generating a critical and creative feminist dystopia.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Distributed by Monash University under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2019 06:42
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 02:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: English literature, women’s writing, weird fiction, feminist criticism, gender, H. P. Lovecraft, Angela Carter
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.26180/5c11d2931b3a7
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36056

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