I'm not sure I have anything to add to what's already been said, I appreciate that the paper exists and congratulations on your Masters.
Matthias wrote: ↑Tue May 25, 2021 4:32 pm
This is great, even if I'm a little bit terrified of the kind of emails Academia dot edu is going to send me in the near future. "Since you liked 'Sexy 16 Year Old Baby Eater," we recommend..."
A concern of mine also. For now I'm just appreciating an academic paper that could share its name with a metal band.
Lioness wrote: ↑Thu May 27, 2021 10:27 am
BadassOverlord wrote: ↑Tue May 25, 2021 1:14 pm
One thing that surprised me was your interpretation on the Wyld as representative of anxieties about racial miscegenation; to me the all-suffusing corrupting energies of the Wyld always sounded like a pretty straightforward magical analogue to nuclear radiation and the fears associated with it, right down to how it lingers on the land, causes "mutations" and is the consequence of a large-scale disaster (the Balorian Crusade and the Great Contagion).
The connection of mutants (especially ape men) to miscegenation has a history in pulp fantasy that predates public concerns about nuclear radiation.
The Shadow over Innsmouth is probably the best example of this because HP Lovecraft didn't exactly hide his racism.