Howard's Fear - Reanimated / Lovecraftian Racism: Black Representation in American Horror Literature

dc.contributor.advisorRiesthuis, J.G.L.A.
dc.contributor.advisorElsen, M.W.J. van der
dc.contributor.authorBoxtel, Y. van
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explains how extensively the more problematic forms of Black iconography are passed on from one literary horror work to another. Its four chapters respectively deal with the general history of the literary horror genre, the general representation of Black Americans in American horror literature, the representation of Black Americans in the horror works of H.P. Lovecraft, and the representation of Black Americans in one particular horror work of Stephen King. H.P. Lovecraft is known to have influenced many writers of horror over the entire last century and to also have owned an extremist fear of racial Others; Stephen King is one of the most successful American (horror) writers of all time and has claimed multiple times how Lovecraft was his greatest source of inspiration. To argue that not just Lovecraftian horror but also Lovecraftian racism has managed to significantly inspire Stephen King, this thesis analyzes the interconnection, primarily in terms of anti-Black iconography, between H.P. Lovecraft’s interwar period horror stories and Stephen King’s 1978-1990 horror novel The Stand.en_US
dc.thesis.facultyFaculteit der Letterenen_US
dc.thesis.studyprogrammeBachelor Engelse taal en cultuuren_US
dc.titleHoward's Fear - Reanimated / Lovecraftian Racism: Black Representation in American Horror Literatureen_US
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