Edited by leading experts J. Gerald Kennedy and Scott Peeples, this volume presents a sweeping reexamination of Poe's work. 45 distinguished scholars address Poe's troubled life and checkered career as a "magazinist," his poetry and prose, and his reviews, essays, opinions, and marginalia. The chapters provide fresh insights into Poe's lasting impact on subsequent literature, music, art, comics, and film and illuminate his radical conception of the universe, science, and the human mind.
No American author of the early 19th century enjoys a larger international audience than Edgar Allan Poe. Widely translated, read, and studied, he occupies an iconic place in global culture. Such acclaim would have gratified Poe, who deliberately wrote for "the world at large" and mocked the provincialism of strictly nationalistic themes. Partly for this reason, early literary historians cast Poe as an outsider, regarding his dark fantasies as extraneous to American life and experience. Only in the 20th century did Poe finally gain a prominent place in the national canon. Changing critical approaches have deepened our understanding of Poe's complexity and revealed an author who defies easy classification. New models of interpretation have excited fresh debates about his essential genius, his subversive imagination, his cultural insight, and his ultimate impact, urging an expansive reconsideration of his literary achievement. Edited by leading experts J. Gerald Kennedy and Scott Peeples, this volume presents a sweeping reexamination of Poe's work. Forty-five distinguished scholars address Poe's troubled life and checkered career as a "magazinist," his poetry and prose, and his reviews, essays, opinions, and marginalia. The chapters provide fresh insights into Poe's lasting impact on subsequent literature, music, art, comics, and film and illuminate his radical conception of the universe, science, and the human mind. Wide-ranging and thought-provoking, this Handbook reveals a thoroughly modern Poe, whose timeless fables of peril and loss will continue to attract new generations of readers and scholars.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations of Poe's Works List of Contributors Introduction: The Unfolding Investigation of Edgar Allan Poe J. Gerald Kennedy and Scott Peeples 1. An Orphan's Life: 1809-1831 James M. Hutchisson 2. A Life in Print: 1831-1849 Scott Peeples 3. Poe: A Life in Letters Lesley Ginsberg 4. Poe's Lives Richard Kopley 5. Orientalism in Poe's Early Poetry John Carlos Rowe 6. Echoes of the "Raven": Unoriginality in Poe's Verse Michael C. Cohen 7. Poe's Common Meter Virginia Jackson 8. Early Experiments in Genre: Imitations, Burlesques, Satires Alexander Hammond 9. The Perversity of Public Opinion in Poe's Later Satires and Hoaxes Stacey Margolis 10. Undead Wives and Undone Husbands: Poe's Tales of Marriage Ellen Weinauer 11. Solving Mysteries in Poe, or Trying To Susan Elizabeth Sweeney 12. Deciphering Dupin: Poe's Ratiocinative Plots Kelly Ross 13. The Calculus of Probabilities: Contingency in "The Mystery of Marie Roget" Valerie Rohy 14. Counterparts: Poe's Doubles from "William Wilson" to "The Cask of Amontillado" Paul Christian Jones 15. Outing the Perverse: Poe's False Confessionals Leland S. Person 16. Poe's Survival Stories as Dying Colonialisms Matt Sandler 17. Poe's Landscapes, Picturesque and Ideal Kent P. Ljungquist 18. Undying Enigmas in "Ligeia" Alexandra Urakova 19. "The Fall of the House of Usher" and the Architecture of Unreliability Agnieska Soltysik Monnet 20. Genre, Science, and "Hans Pfaall" Maurice S. Lee 21. Rude Representation: Orienting the American Frontier Through the Characters in Pym's Chasm Jacob Berman 22. Pym and Unreadability Cindy Weinstein 23. Poe's Novel Explorations Lauren Coats 24. Conversations on the Body and the Soul: Transcending Death in the Angelic Dialogues and "Mesmeric Revelation" Bruce Mills 25. Making Sense of Eureka Laura Saltz 26. Poe the Critic: The Aesthetics of the "Tomahawk" Review Paul Hurh 27. The Marginal Center: "Pinakidia," "Marginalia," and "Fifty Suggestions" Stephen Rachman 28. Poe the Magazinist Philip Edward Phillips 29. Poe's Cultural Inheritance: Literary Touchstones and the Cultivation of Erudition William E. Engel 30. Ancestral Piles: Poe's Gothic Materials Sean Moreland 31. Kindred Contemporaries: Lippard, Bird, Simms, Hawthorne, and Irving Carl Ostrowski 32. Edgar Allan Poe and His Enemies Sandra Tomc 33. Bluestockings and Bohemians Edward Whitley 34. Poe and His Global Advocates Emron Esplin 35. Poe and Modern(ist) Poetry: An Impure Legacy Margarida Vale de Gato 36. An Unrequited Obsession: Poe and Modern Horror W. Scott Poole 37. Dupin's Descendants in Print and on Screen John Gruesser 38. Poe's Visual Legacy Barbara Cantalupo 39. Poe and the Avant-Garde Jonathan Elmer 40. Postmodern Poe Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock 41. Poe and Science Fiction Paul Grimstad 42. Poe and the Sciences of the Brain Paul Gilmore 43. Temporal Effects: Trauma, Margaret Fuller, and "Graphicality" in Poe Christina Zwarg 44. Unqualified Pleasure: Poe on Forms of Life Branka Arsi'c 45. Poe's Terror Analytics J. Gerald Kennedy Index
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