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“The Great Race”? The African Other and Abject Hybridity in H. P. Lovecraft’s Short Horror Fiction.

University of Northampton

In this essay I examine the manner in which the horror writer H.P. Lovecraft depicts Africa and its peoples in two short stories: “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family” (1921) and “Under the Pyramids” (1924). I hope to suggest that Lovecraft constructs a version of Africa as an abject Other, which though racist, is also decidedly more complex than first appears. In particular it reflects a process, which is significant for its self-reflexive expression of Lovecraft’s deep-seated anxieties concerning his own nationality and subjectivity.

H.P. Lovecraft, Julia Kristeva, horror, abject, self-reflexivity, Africa, Rey Chow, fiction, other



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