Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Kapur, Jyotsna

Second Advisor

Lawrence, Novotny


White supremacy fundamentally organizes society in its own image. It places itself at the top of a social hierarchical order where everything defaults to its own likeness and desires. In this dissertation, I deconstruct the nature of White supremacy and highlight the conventions of Black horror that interrogate it as evil and monstrous. In the chapters that follow, I do this through a close reading of the television series Lovecraft Country (Misha Green, USA, 2020) and underline how Black horror brings to the surface the everyday experiences of Black subjects in a racist society. While several commentators had claimed that with the presidency of Barack Obama we had moved into a post-racial society, cultural texts like Lovecraft Country show that such claims are disconnected from reality.#White Supremacy #White Monstrosity #Whiteness as evil #Black horror.




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