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    Afterword: Weird in the walls

    Luckhurst, Roger (2020) Afterword: Weird in the walls. In: Greve, J. and Zappe, F. (eds.) The American Weird: Concept and Medium. London, UK: Bloomsbury, pp. 248-257. ISBN 9781350141193.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Hitherto classified as a form of genre fiction, or as a particular aesthetic quality of literature by H. P. Lovecraft, the weird has now come to refer to a broad spectrum of artistic practices and expressions including fiction, film, television, photography, music, and visual and performance art. Largely under-theorized so far, The American Weird brings together perspectives from literary, cultural, media and film studies, and from philosophy, to provide a thorough exploration of the weird mode. Separated into two sections – the first exploring the concept of the weird and the second how it is applied through various media – this book generates new approaches to fundamental questions: Can the weird be conceptualized as a generic category, as an aesthetic mode or as an epistemological position? May the weird be thought through in similar ways to what Sianne Ngai calls the zany, the cute, and the interesting? What are the transformations it has undergone aesthetically and politically since its inception in the early twentieth century? Which strands of contemporary critical theory and philosophy have engaged in a dialogue with the discourses of and on the weird? And what is specifically “American” about this aesthetic mode?

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Roger Luckhurst
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 11:52
    Last Modified: 12 Jun 2021 07:58
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41053

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