Bizarre Epistemology, Bizarre Subject: A Definition of Weird Fiction
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Supernatural Horror in Literature is used to develop a definition of weird fiction along two fronts: one epistemological, the other having to do with the idea of the subject. Differentiating between philosophical extrapolations and aesthetic tendencies, this chapter examines weird fiction from a philosophical point of view without turning weird fiction, which is an art, into a philosophy. The influences of philosophical ideas drawn from Spinoza, Nietzsche, Bergson, and Deleuze over the aesthetics of weird fiction are considered, as are weird fiction’s indication of certain philosophical ideas in anticipation of their historical development in philosophy proper.