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Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Nathaniel Cadle

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Heather Blatt

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Rhona Trauvitch

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


Lovecraft, Freud, weird fiction, psychoanalysis, American literature

Date of Defense



The purpose of this thesis was to highlight the influence of psychoanalysis on the writing of H.P. Lovecraft through a literary analysis of his critical essays, scientific essays, personal correspondence, and fiction. The subjects of note were Lovecraft’s intense focus on the sciences as an inspiration for his work, his awareness of Freudian psychoanalytic principles, and his application of those principles in his contributions to weird fiction. In doing so, this thesis explored alternative interpretations of some of Lovecraft’s more well-known stories and provided nuance to a bigoted, problematic figure of American literature. This paper highlighted the significant role of psychoanalysis in the development of H.P. Lovecraft’s writing and broadened the room for speculating on the influence of the psychological science on weird fiction as a whole.




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