Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy

Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy

Graham Harman


As Hölderlin used to be to Martin Heidegger and Mallarmé to Jacques Derrida, so is H.P. Lovecraft to the Speculative Realist philosophers. Lovecraft used to be one of many brightest stars of the horror and technological know-how fiction magazines, yet died in poverty and relative obscurity within the Nineteen Thirties. In 2005 he used to be eventually increased from pulp prestige to the classical literary canon with the discharge of a Library of the USA quantity devoted to his paintings. The impression of Lovecraft on philosophy has been development for greater than a decade. at the beginning championed through shadowy guru Nick Land at Warwick through the Nineteen Nineties, he used to be later stumbled on to be an item of personal fascination for all 4 unique participants of the twenty-first century Speculative Realist circulate. during this publication, Graham Harman extracts the elemental philosophical suggestions underlying the paintings of Lovecraft, yielding a unusual realism able to liberating continental philosophy from its present soul-crushing deadlock. leaving behind pious references through Heidegger to Hölderlin and the Greeks, Harman develops a brand new philosophical mythology founded in such Lovecraftian figures as Cthulhu, Wilbur Whately, and the rat-like monstrosity Brown Jenkin. The Miskatonic River replaces the Rhine and the Ister, whereas Hölderlin's Caucasus provides technique to Lovecraft's Antarctic mountains of madness.

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