Things that would shatter your imagination: materialism, pessimism and the limits of perception in Lucio Fulci's films City of the living dead, The beyond, and The house by the cemetery and H.P. Lovecraft

Edermaniger, James (2014) Things that would shatter your imagination: materialism, pessimism and the limits of perception in Lucio Fulci's films City of the living dead, The beyond, and The house by the cemetery and H.P. Lovecraft. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, and The House by the Cemetery and the work of horror author H.P. Lovecraft both destabilise the viewer by presenting them with an image of reality in which human understanding is revealed to be fundamentally at odds with the objective nature of the universe. Chapter One establishes Lovecraft's materialist and pessimistic perspectives and how they inform his literary style which reveals a gap between reality and its limited accessibility to human consciousness. Chapters Two and Three then explore how Fulci's films express this gap cinematically, given that Lovecraft's style relies on indirect nature of literature to provide descriptions which resist the formation of a cohesive mental image for the reader. Chapter Two demonstrates that Fulci's films reveal a gap between external reality and how it is consciously experienced by confounding accepted laws of space, time, and causality, and by emphasising overwhelming sensory excess. Chapter three shows how Fulci's films destabilise the way in which the viewer relates to their own body and sense of selfhood, arguing that they reveal a gap between the conscious agents we understand ourselves to be and purely physical phenomenon that we are reducible to according to Lovecraft's materialist outlook.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 09:45
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 09:45
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22298

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