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Science et mythologie dans les oeuvres d'Howard Phillips Lovecraft

Abstract : This essay suggests a thematic and comparative approach of three short stories and two novellas written by Howard Phillips Lovecraft: The Call ofCthulhu (1926), The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1931), The Shadow Out of Time (1934), The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1927) and At the Mountains of Madnesss (1931). This analysis studies the scientific aspect of the works in order to understand the meanings and the consequences of the rational dimension within the fiction and in regards to the American context of the author's time. Secondly, the irrational dimension of the stories is analysed so that we can understand the involvement of myths and legends. These two dimensions lead then to a third one in which the sublime and the grotesque interact through classical motifs and the notion of a modern fantastique genre in litterature as Lovecraft seems to be a transition towards science-fiction. The essay aims thus at grabbing the meaning of this association between science and mythology in the context of the twenties and the thirties in the United States.
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Elisa Gorusuk. Science et mythologie dans les oeuvres d'Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Littératures. 2013. ⟨dumas-00933952⟩



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