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Lovecraft through Deleuzio-Guattarian gates
journal contributionposted on 2023-07-26, 12:59 authored by Patricia MacCormack
This essay picks up on Deleuze and Guattari's brief invocation of the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Deleuze and Guattari's project to develop a philosophy of sorcery as a mode of thought that gestures toward becoming-imperceptible is considered by reading examples in Lovecraft's "cosmic horror" of the terrors and revolutions available through the becomings of his protagonists. Contextualising his work outside of traditional genres of fantasy and science fiction, this essay offers the reading of Lovecraft's writings as a passing through gates. This liberating practice produces encounters with abstract alterity, beginning with the ethical consideration of the preliminary otherness of women and the animal in Deleuze and Guattari's work, via becoming-monstrous, to an infinite territory beyond representation, signification, and perception itself.
Publication titlePostmodern Culture
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press