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    Higher spatial form in weird fiction

    Blacklock, Mark (2017) Higher spatial form in weird fiction. Textual Practice 31 (6), pp. 1101-1116. ISSN 0950-236X.

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    Locating weird fiction in terms of its relationship with the higher dimensional geometries that had emerged at the end of the nineteenth century, this essay adapts and revises Joseph Frank’s theory of spatial form to argue for a parallel higher spatial form apparent in Weird Fiction. Where Frank and his followers have identified ‘word-clusters’, the cultivation of the mythical imagination, image patterns, leitmotifs, analogy and contrast as techniques inherent in spatial form, this essay describes pseudo-mythology, intertextual motifs, intensified encadrement, narrative retardation and archaic neologism as typical of weird fiction. It offers readings of weird stories by Mary Wilkins Freeman, William Hope Hodgson and H. P. Lovecraft.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Spatial form, H. P. Lovecraft, fourth dimension, geometry
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 10:01
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:42


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