Towards A Gothic Marxism I – On Monsters

We live in an age of monsters. Such a statement is hardly controversial anymore – from every aspect of culture monsters peer at us, we consume them, we profess our fear, yet the market is saturated with vampires, ghouls, demons, and ghosts. We loathe the monsters, we hide from them. but we love them too. … Continue reading Towards A Gothic Marxism I – On Monsters

Notes Towards A Distinction

For Zoé Samudzi.  It is almost a truism to say that postmodernism is indefinable. Whilst not necessarily true it certainly has a large degree of terminological plasticity, and frequently finds itself conflated with other terms (in this case post-structuralism) Whilst this is understandable, it is perhaps a mistake, so what I want to do is … Continue reading Notes Towards A Distinction

TheLitCritLibrary Part Two: Semiotics and Structuralism

Semiotics: Semiotics and structuralism, whilst two separate and distinct fields have a close relationship. These books are designed to help the reader engage with “the science of signs” as both a specific moment in the development of critical discourse and an invaluable tool for close textual analysis. Roland Barthes, Mythologies (London, Vintage Classics, 2009) Kofi … Continue reading TheLitCritLibrary Part Two: Semiotics and Structuralism

TheLitCritLibrary Part One: General Introduction

Introductions to Theory: The following is designed for people who are interested in literary theory and criticism but have never previously encountered the field. It aims to provide a comprehensive overview to the current field, a way to approach canonical or vital texts and allow the reader to follow their own interests deeper into more … Continue reading TheLitCritLibrary Part One: General Introduction

There Is Nothing In The Dark To Be Afraid Of

Horror Studies has in the past few decades become increasingly interested in philosophy. The objects of fear that horror produced were not merely a low brow mode of aesthetic expression but a means of understanding the darker sides of thought in a particular socio-cultural or historical moment. Texts like Dracula (1898) were not merely about … Continue reading There Is Nothing In The Dark To Be Afraid Of

A Machine For Thinking The Unthinkable: H.P Lovecraft and Karl Barth’s Das Nichtige

To talk of a theological Lovecraft may initially strike the aficionado of weird fiction as an exercise in futility. In his personal writing, Lovecraft reveals a deeply held atheism and critical work has always acknowledged what S.T Joshi refers to as his cynical materialism. Lovecraft himself opined in 1919 that ‘there is a real restfulness … Continue reading A Machine For Thinking The Unthinkable: H.P Lovecraft and Karl Barth’s Das Nichtige