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. https://doi.org/10.26180/5c11d2931b3a7
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H.P. Lovecraft's weird tale ideal: Angela Carter's new weird dystopia

ERA Journal ID40623
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorWicks, Anne-Maree
Journal TitleColloquy: text theory critique
Journal Citation35/36, pp. 165-182
Number of Pages18
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26180/5c11d2931b3a7
Web Address (URL)https://monash.figshare.com/articles/H_P_Lovecraft_s_Weird_Tale_Ideal_Angela_Carter_s_New_Weird_Dystopia/7459199

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.

KeywordsEnglish literature, women’s writing, weird fiction, feminist criticism, gender, H. P. Lovecraft, Angela Carter
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
470530. Stylistics and textual analysis
470514. Literary theory
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Arts and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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