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Introduction

  • James Machin
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Part of the Palgrave Gothic book series (PAGO)

Abstract

In the introduction, Machin provides a survey of the history of weird fiction, and considers its relationship with associated genres, including cosmic horror, fantasy, and the ghost story. He also examines the development of the Weird as a critical term, its periodization into the Old and the New Weird, and its crossovers with contemporary cultural theory and philosophy. Grounding the period focus of the book in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he then provides a genealogy/etymology of the literary applications of the word ‘weird’ across that period.

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