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The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe - Shawn Rosenheim

The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe

By: Shawn Rosenheim (Editor), Stephen Rachman (Editor)

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Published: 1st August 1995
For Ages: 22+ years old
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"The problem of Poe's place in American culture cannot be settled canonically, since, unlike the works of Melville or Hawthorne, Poe's texts have not been primarily transmitted through the schools. Indeed, at its most radical level, the failure of criticism to account for the remarkable diversity of Poe's influence leads one to question the utility of the canon itself as an instrument for the study of American culture." -- from the Introduction

The contributors to this volume share the conviction that Poe is central to current work on American culture -- and that strictly theoretical approaches to Poe have become increasingly irrelevant. Aiming to transform his place in the American canon, they bring sophisticated theoretical awareness to bear on the particular historical, social, political, and economic circumstances of his literary career. Their essays offer new insights into the complex and unavoidable relations between traditionally literary issues and the broader aspects of a democratic mass culture. The contributors are Gillian Brown, Stanley Cavell, Eva Cherniavsky, Joan Dayan, Jonathan Elmer, John T. Irwin, Barbara Johnson, David Leverenz, Meredith L. McGill, Stephen Rachman, Louis A. Renza, Shawn Rosenheim, and Laura Saltz.

"Rosenheim and Rachman's collection consolidates a new direction in Poe studies which will be of particular interest to contemporary readers. Avoiding the mere Frenchification of Poe that was dominant in the eighties, on the one hand, but, on the other, steadfastly refusing to return to the traditional formalist and thematic style which never really accounted for the French Poe, these essays make a wonderful case for a vitally social Poe -- returning him home again, but with a difference that makes all the difference. They do so because their authors are at once theoretically current and widely experienced with the American canon. And they do so, even more, because they are quality essays, valuable individually as well as collectively." -- Kenneth Dauber, State University of New York, Buffalo

"Avoiding the mere Frenchification of Poe that was dominant in the eighties, on the one hand, but, on the other, steadfastly refusing to return to the traditional formalist and thematic style which never really accounted for the French Poe, these essays make a wonderful case for a vitally social Poe--returning him home again, but with a difference that makes all the difference. They do so because their authors are at once theoretically current and widely experienced with the American canon. And they do so, even more, because they are quality essays, valuable individually as well as collectively."--Kenneth Dauber, State University of New York, Buffalo

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Beyond "The Problem of Poe"
Being Odd, Getting Even (Descartes, Emerson, Poe)p. 3
Strange Fits: Poe and Wordsworth on the Nature of Poetic Languagep. 37
"Es lasst sich nicht schreiben": Plagiarism and "The Man of the Crowd"p. 49
Terminate or Liquidate? Poe, Sensationalism, and the Sentimental Traditionp. 91
Revivification and Utopian Time: Poe versus Stowep. 121
A Clew to a Clue: Locked Rooms and Labyrinths in Poe and Borgesp. 139
Detective Fiction, Psychoanalysis, and the Analytic Sublimep. 153
Amorous Bondage: Poe, Ladies, and Slavesp. 179
Poe and Gentry Virginiap. 210
"(Horrible to Relate!)": Recovering the Body of Marie Rogetp. 237
Poe, Literary Nationalism, and Authorial Identityp. 271
"Ut Pictura Poe": Poetic Politics in "The Island of the Fay" and "Morning on the Wissahiccon"p. 305
The Poetics of Extinctionp. 330
Works Citedp. 345
List of Contributorsp. 363
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ISBN: 9780801850257
ISBN-10: 0801850258
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st August 1995
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54