Date of Award

Spring 5-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Morgan Read-Davidson

Second Advisor

Ian Barnard

Third Advisor

Joanna Levin


By analyzing H. P. Lovecraft’s work through the lens of queer temporality, I offer a queer perspective on Lovecraft, reading the monstrous outside in his work as a queer figure and casting the temporal conflict common to Lovecraftian horror as a conflict between dominant time and outside time. I argue that, by placing queerly-temporal protagonists in conflict with dominant temporalities, queer fiction is essentially an inversion of Lovecraftian horror. Drawing on Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope of the novel, I develop a theory of the queer chronotope in fiction to align with the queer temporalities that queer characters inhabit. I then analyze queer chronotopes in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, demonstrating where the show fell short in embracing queer time. In contrast, I offer a reading of temporality in Torrey Peters’ trans novel Detransition, Baby, arguing that it is a queerly temporal narrative that authentically represents the queer experience.

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