Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Mass Communication and Media Arts
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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