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Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy

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As Holderlin was to Martin Heidegger and Mallarme to Jacques Derrida, so is H.P. Lovecraft to the Speculative Realist philosophers. Lovecraft was one of the brightest stars of the horror and science fiction magazines, but died in poverty and relative obscurity in the 1930s. In 2005 he was finally elevated from pulp status to the classical literary canon with the release of ...more
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Published September 28th 2012 by John Hunt Publishing (first published September 1st 2012)
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Dec 01, 2012 Mjhancock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graham Harman's book on object oriented ontology and H. P. Lovecraft is one that lends itself to high concept descriptions. For lit theory buffs, it's Roland Barthes' S/Z, with structuralism switched for OOO and S/Z for an assortment of "The Mountains of Madness" type stuff. It's using OOO to justify a close reading of Lovecraft. It's using Lovecraft to demonstrate what OOO can be applied for. And, as befits any OOO discussion, it can't be summed up by a list of its parts--or qualities. The book ...more
Aug 30, 2013 Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Object Oriented Ontology (OOO) is fun and made funner still by the fact that Graham Harman seeks to defend Lovecraft's style against the ancient old ones (i.e. other writers), whom lurking in the mists of time whisper for modern readers to critique Lovecraft for his anachronisms, his obtuse (though acting like acute) verbage, and some really long sentences.

Still, perhaps he is right to do so. Harman writes of Lovecraft as a kind of Elder Giant whose visage transcended the constraints of his his
Seems like more of a defense of Lovecraft's writing style than an appraisal of his content. Though given that many are now realizing the important of his contents but few give him points for style, this may very well be a positive thing.
May 01, 2014 Wuhan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really so super wanted to like this...but it is just too repetitive. :/
I admit to some initial trepidation when I began the book, but Harman's generally accessible and entertaining prose calmed me down quickly. While he sometimes veers off down philosophical paths that are hard to follow, Harman ultimately provides a detailed and well-reasoned examination of Lovecraft as a stylist. Though the end of the book constitutes one of those darkly wooded and hard-to-follow philosophical paths I mentioned, I would recommend Weird Realism to anyone interested in studying Lov ...more
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Graham Harman (born May 9, 1968) is a professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a contemporary philosopher of metaphysics, who attempts to reverse the linguistic turn of Western philosophy. He terms his ideas object-oriented ontology. A larger grouping of philosophers, Speculative Realism, includes Harman and the philosophers Iain Hamilton Grant, Quentin Meillassoux and Ray Brass ...more
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