Thinking the Thing: The Outer Reaches of Knowledge in Lovecraft and Deleuze

@article{Powell2019ThinkingTT,
  title={Thinking the Thing: The Outer Reaches of Knowledge in Lovecraft and Deleuze},
  author={Anna Powell},
  journal={The Gothic and Theory},
  year={2019}
}
  • A. Powell
  • Published 1 May 2019
  • Art
  • The Gothic and Theory
H.P. Lovecraft's paranoid Gothic and the life-affirming philosophy of Gilles Deleuze are, despite polarities, a potent machine for thinking the unthinkable. Lovecraft's modern 'cosmic terror' overturns dominant paradigms of thought by exposing multiplicity and transformation. For Deleuze, Lovecraft's minor fiction thinks 'beyond the matter of any lived or liveable experience' and challenges the sovereignty of selfhood. Lovecraft's 'nature-defying illusions' evoke 'outsideness' via affects that…