Fantastika Conference announced for Lancaster (a town on the coast of northern England, under the Lake District) in summer 2015. With a theme of locations, spaces and settings…
Literature for children and young adults is a rich source of material for the study of literary maps, one that has been largely overlooked, despite the growth in academic interest in this area of study.
Not so relevant to Lovecraft, but this call might be interesting to those researching similar genre authors, especially those in the sword-and-sorcery genre where the addition of fan-made maps have enhanced the fiction’s appeal to later generations of young teens.
There is the surveyor mapping in “The Colour Out of Space”, and one passing moment when Lovecraft follows a rough local map… “I was steering my course by the map the grocery boy had prepared” in “The Shadow over Innsmouth”. This latter probably reflects his own practice during his numerous antiquarian visits to strange towns. There are also carved wall maps in At The Mountains of Madness which are found, copied and followed. But Lovecraft’s fiction is probably more interesting for the implied idea that certain spaces could not be found, or had not yet been placed, on maps.
I’ve only just found out about this one: Gothic Spaces / Gothic Places at The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, England, on 25th October 2014. The academic symposium has an interesting opening paper about… “John Carter, the zealous defender of the Gothic architectural style in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British culture” and publisher of the 18th century The Gentleman’s Magazine. Another Carter to offer up as a possible inspiration for Lovecraft’s Carter, perhaps?
New Facebook group: H.P. Lovecraft: Writing, Studies, Scholarship.
Bobby Derie’s musings on John D. Haefele’s hardback edition of A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos, “Meditations on August Derleth”, prior to reading the paperback version. I wasn’t previously aware that…
many sections of the AHT [Arkham House transcripts, made for the Selected Letters] have lacunae exactly where there are ellipses in the Selected Letters.
A handy single searchable PDF with the complete tables-of-contents for Rhode Island History journal, January 1942 through Fall 2007. All rather dry of Lovecraft interest, apart from the late 1970s when there are a few possibly interesting articles such as “The Ku Klux Klan in Rhode Island”, and “Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam,” by Robert W. Kenny. Kenny being the young 18th Century literature specialist at Brown, who was the initial source of Brobst’s information that Lovecraft was once spotted working as a cinema ticket-seller. (Thanks to Ken Faig for the Kenny-Brobst information, though I was the one who discovered that Kenny was an 18th Century literature specialist).
* Alejandro Nariman Omidsalar (2014), “Eldritch desires : queer illegibility and proto-cosmicism in Melville’s ‘The Bell-Tower’” (M.A. dissertation for the University of Texas. Combines queer theory with the cosmicist philosophy of Lovecraft to ask new questions about Melville’s treatments of gender and genre in “The Bell-Tower”)