Mongrel vibrations: H. P. Lovecraft’s weird ecology of noise

Lockwood, Dean (2012) Mongrel vibrations: H. P. Lovecraft’s weird ecology of noise. In: Reverberations: the philosophy, aesthetics and politics of noise. Continuum, London and New York. ISBN 9781441196057

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Abstract

There has been a great deal of philosophical interest in the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft recently, based on the assumption that his ‘weird realism’ can help illuminate weird reality. This has involved little recognition, though, of the importance of sonicity in Lovecraft. Through a discussion of the nexus of noise and horror in his major works, this chapter will argue that he sketches a weird vibrational ecology in which the human is opened up to the immanent alien. I will also make a connection between these works and the early days of the mass medium of radio, conceived as an ‘alien’ technology.

Additional Information:There has been a great deal of philosophical interest in the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft recently, based on the assumption that his ‘weird realism’ can help illuminate weird reality. This has involved little recognition, though, of the importance of sonicity in Lovecraft. Through a discussion of the nexus of noise and horror in his major works, this chapter will argue that he sketches a weird vibrational ecology in which the human is opened up to the immanent alien. I will also make a connection between these works and the early days of the mass medium of radio, conceived as an ‘alien’ technology.
Keywords:H.P.Lovecraft, noise, weird fiction, radio, ecology
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q322 English Literature by author
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P302 Radio studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:7832
Deposited On:07 Mar 2013 11:51

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