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Lovecrafts kvinnor: En undersökning av kvinnlig monstrositet i Howard Phillips Lovecrafts litteratur
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Lovecraft’s women : A study of female monstrosity in Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s literature (English)
Abstract [en]

While the strategy of lending a voice to the monstrous is a well known aspect of Howard Phillips Lovecraft's works, the female monster is a notable exception to this case. In this thesis, I excavate a theory of female monstrosity through a reading of some of Lovecraft's most read stories and the agency of female characters that appears within. Comparing these female registers of monstrosity to their masculine counterpart, I develop a concept of female monstrosity manifested through categories of class, race and gender with the help of Judith Halberstams theories of monstrosity.

Rather than treating these women as active characters, I argue that Lovecraft's inability to handle these monsters forces him to literally put them away – in attics, cellars, or boxes. These are the marginalized positions from which these women elaborate a monstrous form that transcends the boundaries of sex, gender, class and race. Here lurks a female monster, powerful, independent and evil, Lovecraft's treatment of which reveals his fear of its unfettered emergence. Thus Lovecraft’s narrative technique is broken by his own creation. Indeed, these women, in their reproductive capabilities and the monstrous motherhood they represent, are the true monsters of the Lovecraftian universe.

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2014. , 72 p.
Keyword [en]
Lovecraft, H.P. Lovecraft, The Thing on the Doorstep, The Dunwich Horror, Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family, The Dreams in the Witch-House, The Colour Out of Space, Halberstam, monster, monstrosity, female monsters, monstrous motherhood
Keyword [sv]
Lovecraft, H.P. Lovecraft, The Thing on the Doorstep, The Dunwich Horror, Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family, The Dreams in the Witch-House, The Colour Out of Space, Halberstam, monster, monstrositet, kvinnliga monster, monstruöst moderskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-27366DiVA: diva2:810404
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Comparative Literature
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Humanities, Theology
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