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  • Lovecraft, decadence, and aestheticism

Machin, James, 2020, Book Section, Lovecraft, decadence, and aestheticism In: Bloom, Clive, (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic. Gothic Handbook Series, 1 . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1223-1237. ISBN 978-3030331351

Abstract or Description:

H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) has an enduring influence on Gothic culture across media, and his vision is regarded usually as one of deep pessimism. In his fiction, he reveals the horrifying truth of the insignificance of humanity in the context of an indifferent cosmos. However, Lovecraft was also a committed aesthete, and found profound solace in the appreciation of art, architecture, and literature. This essay explores the relationship of his philosophy and writing to this aestheticism, and especially the influence of Walter Pater on the consolations of art, and its role in creating meaning in the face of a meaningless universe.

Official URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-03...
Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V900 Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
School or Centre: School of Design
School of Arts & Humanities
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33136-8
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2020 08:32
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2020 09:39
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4533
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