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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 detection ... 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 psychological ... 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 himself. ... 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 and ... 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’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 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

Temporal Effects: Trauma, Margaret Fuller, and “Graphicality” in Poe  

Christina Zwarg

This chapter updates psychoanalytic concerns already identified in Poe with the temporal dimension of trauma theory known as Nachträglichkeit. First translated by Freud’s editor James ... More

“The Fall of the House of Usher” and the Architecture of Unreliability  

Agnieska Soltysik Monnet

This chapter examines what many scholars consider the most accomplished and representative of Poe’s tales, “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839). After a brief overview of the main axes ... More

Undying Enigmas in “Ligeia”  

Alexandra Urakova

Poe’s 1838 tale “Ligeia” epitomizes the stylistic effects and themes we usually recognize as Poesque: from the Gothic setting to daydreaming, from the poeticized vocabulary to the dense ... More

Unqualified Pleasure: Poe on Forms of Life  

Branka Arsić

Everything that Poe wrote is touched by the question of life. Most notably, dead women come back to life, the living switch personhoods with the dead, and hearts dismembered from the body ... More