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The European Journal of Literature and Linguistics, Issue 3/2019

THE RISE OF CTHULHU: NON-HUMAN AGENCY IN WEIRD FICTION

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29013/EJLL-19-3-26-28

Pages: 26 - 28

Authors: Denisova D.

Abstract: Abstract. By placing weird fiction within the context of major scientific breakthroughs of the 19th and 20th century, this paper aims to analyze it in terms of its engagement with non-human agency. Based on the analysis of the Old and New Weird texts, I argue that weird fiction articulates anxiety over the discovery of vibrant and active (even if invisible) matter all around us and questions the place of the human at the top of the evolution ladder. I conclude that the interplay of human and non-human agencies form the crux of weird fiction stories.

Keywords: Keywords: Weird Fiction, New Weird, non-human agency, anxiety, H. P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, Jeff VanderMeer, China Miéville.

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