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American Constitutional Elegy  

Max Cavitch

Print publication date:
Apr 2010
Online publication date:
Sep 2012
This article discusses the American constitutional elegy. It argues that American national difference in literature can be tracked in the terms of its engagement with specifically American ... More

Bluestockings and Bohemians  

Edward Whitley

Poe regularly attended New York City literary salons during the 1840s with women writers referred to as “bluestockings” in an homage to the feminist intellectuals of the eighteenth-century ... More

Deciphering Dupin: Poe’s Ratiocinative Plots  

Kelly Ross

Poe sits at the intersection of the tightly interwoven fields of computing and mass surveillance. Examining Poe’s Dupin tales through a lens of surveillance, rather than Holmesian ... More

Edgar Allan Poe and His Enemies  

Sandra Tomc

This chapter looks at the dozens of enemies Poe acquired in the course of his career. Instead of understanding these enemies as a phenomenon peculiar to Poe and his individual ... More

A Life in Print: 1831–1849  

Scott Peeples

From 1831, when he joined the Baltimore household of his aunt Maria Clemm, to his death in 1849, Poe’s life and career were inextricable from the print culture in which he immersed ... More

Making Sense of Eureka  

Laura Saltz

Both a poem and scientific treatise, Eureka is famously generically unstable. This essay considers Eureka’s instability as a symptom of the bifurcation between the domains of literature ... More

The Marginal Center: “Pinakidia,” “Marginalia,” and “Fifty Suggestions”  

Stephen Rachman

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This essay discusses Poe’s magazine pieces that are comprised of brief quotations or fragmentary comments upon other works of literature. First, as these piecemeal pieces were artifacts ... More

Oratory and Platform Culture in Britain and North America, 1740–1900  

Carolyn Eastman

Examining oratory as a dynamic, changing medium for communication during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in America and, to a lesser extent, Great Britain, this essay scrutinizes ... More

An Orphan’s Life: 1809-1831  

James M. Hutchisson

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
Poe’s early life and early verse were intertwined, his chief subjects being trauma, grief, mourning, and the desire to establish a concrete identity that would enable him to move beyond ... More

Outing the Perverse: Poe’s False Confessionals  

Leland S. Person

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This reader-centered essay examines four of Poe’s murder tales (“The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Imp of the Perverse,” and “The Cask of Amontillado”) by focusing on the way Poe ... More

Poe: A Life in Letters  

Lesley Ginsberg

This chapter approaches Poe’s life through his letters with reference to historical contexts that shaped letter writing in antebellum America, Poe’s interests in handwriting and ... More

Poe and Science Fiction  

Paul Grimstad

Print publication date:
Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This essay traces a literary history from Poe’s tales and essays in which imaginative speculation and rationalist explanation are fused to create an effect of verisimilitude. Poe’s ... More

Poe and the Sciences of the Brain  

Paul Gilmore

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This chapter examines Poe’s exploration of how the human brain functions in his critical essays and tales. It locates his ideas concerning the brain’s functions within ... More

Poe the Magazinist  

Philip Edward Phillips

Print publication date:
Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
Success in the literary marketplace of Jacksonian America required shrewdness, and Edgar A. Poe sought to increase the publication and circulation of his work during his editorial stints ... More

Poe’s Common Meter  

Virginia Jackson

Because nineteenth-century American prosody has not seemed very important to most accounts of American poetics, critics have not noticed how important it was to Poe. In fact, Poe was so ... More

Poe’s Survival Stories as Dying Colonialisms  

Matt Sandler

Print publication date:
Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This chapter focuses on the appearance of historical details in short stories about near-death experiences. It examines in particular how “A Descent into the Maelström” and “The Pit and ... More

Poe’s Terror Analytics  

J. Gerald Kennedy

Poe’s production of magazine tales led to an intellectual preoccupation with terror—its origins, meanings, and effects. Read as analytical investigations into the causes of dread, many of ... More

Poe’s Visual Legacy  

Barbara Cantalupo

This essay provides an overview of how artists have responded to the “graphicality” of Poe’s writing. It assesses illustrators of Poe’s work as well as artists who have been influenced by ... More

Postmodern Poe  

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

This chapter addresses Edgar Allan Poe’s relation to postmodernism in three parts. It first considers the postmodern elements of Poe’s writing with an emphasis on hoaxes, metafictional ... More

Pym and Unreadability  

Cindy Weinstein

Many of Poe’s stories are allegories of reading or misreading or the impossibility of reading. The first sentence of “The Man of the Crowd” intones “it does not permit itself to be read.” ... More

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