• Re-visioning Romantic-Era Gothicism: An Introduction to Key Works and Themes in the Study of H.P. Lovecraft

    Author(s):
    Philip Smith (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American, LLC Late-19th- and Early-20th-Century American
    Subject(s):
    American literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    21st Century Literature, Lovecraft, Horror, Gothic
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M66G63
    Abstract:
    Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an author, letter writer and poet who lived between 1890 and 1937. His works blend science fiction with Gothic themes. Lovecraft was, by the majority of accounts (including his own), a bad writer. He was also an outspoken racist for the majority of his life to a degree which makes much of his work, to a modern reader, politically grotesque. Despite the above, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Lovecraft’s work can be found in the genealogy of almost all modern science fiction and horror. This essay introduces the major concepts in critical responses to the fictional prose works of H.P. Lovecraft. The author examines the recurring themes of language, genre, literary influences, xenophobia, cosmic indifferentism, dreams, time and the influence of Lovecraft. This essay does not, due to length limitations, seek to be inclusive of all Lovecraft criticism, but instead presents key themes and works. Nor does it address the totality of Lovecraft’s work and focuses, instead on readings of his fictional prose works.
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    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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