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Ancestral Piles: Poe’s Gothic Materials  

Sean Moreland

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This essay examines Poe’s conception and use of the Gothic via his engagements with the work of earlier writers from Horace Walpole through Ann Radcliffe, William Godwin, Charles Brockden ... More

Attending to AIDS: Elegy's Rendez‐vous with Testimonial  

Ross Chambers

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article mentions the complicated relationship between elegy and the longing for aesthetic redemption; however, such longing is rarely distant from anger and rage, and therefore never ... More

The Contemporary Anti‐Elegy  

R. Clifton Spargo

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article describes the measure of the elegy's self-subversions through history, but finds that in its contemporary form it has reached an apex of resistance that plays out in the realm ... More

Dupin’s Descendants in Print and on Screen  

John Gruesser

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
Edgar Allan Poe envisions detection as competition, staging contests between characters, constructing plots so as to outwit readers, and in effect competing with himself in the two sequels ... More

Early Experiments in Genre: Imitations, Burlesques, Satires  

Alexander Hammond

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This chapter focuses on the fiction Poe began writing in the early 1830s. New to the genre, Poe wrote his first tales as ironic experiments in the voices of established authors in the ... More

Kaddish: Jewish American Elegy Post‐1945  

Maeera Y. Shreiber

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article considers the subject of survival, focusing on the continuation of Jewish rituals of mourning and memory in Jewish poetry. Poets such as Charles Reznikoff, Allen Ginsberg, and ... More

New World Frontiers: The American Puritan Elegy  

Jeffrey Hammond

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article reports that for some American Puritans, the plain-style sermon became a model for elegy, and theological didacticism became its central focus. Still, it is the funeral elegy ... More

Orientalism in Poe’s Early Poetry  

John Carlos Rowe

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Feb 2019
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Jun 2018
“Tamerlane” (1827), “Al Aaraaf” (1829), and “Israfel” (1831) are familiar examples of Poe’s poetic Orientalism, in which the exoticism of the Middle East is used to develop aesthetic ideas ... More

The Perversity of Public Opinion in Poe’s Later Satires and Hoaxes  

Stacey Margolis

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This essay argues that Poe’s late satires attempt to dramatize the power of public opinion in Jacksonian democracy, especially insofar as that opinion asserts its authority by overriding ... More

Poe and Modern(ist) Poetry: An Impure Legacy  

Margarida Vale de Gato

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
This chapter considers not only how Poe’s impact on European symbolism prompted US poets—both expatriates (Eliot, Pound) and the natively grounded (Williams)—to rehash Poe’s literary ... More

Poe and the Avant-Garde  

Jonathan Elmer

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
Poe’s influence on both avant-garde and mass-cultural production has been puzzling for many. This is because “avant-garde” has been restricted to whatever opposes aesthetic commodification ... More

Poe the Critic: The Aesthetics of the “Tomahawk” Review  

Paul Hurh

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Feb 2019
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Jun 2018
Edgar Allan Poe’s literary reputation was founded upon his sarcastic and negative reviews of current books. While Poe’s reviews have been studied for insights into his literary theory and ... More

Poe’s Cultural Inheritance: Literary Touchstones and the Cultivation of Erudition  

William E. Engel

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
Poe displays deep if selective knowledge of ancient writers, Renaissance and Enlightenment literature, and continental aesthetics. His readings of the classics ranged widely, but he was as ... More

Poe’s Lives  

Richard Kopley

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Feb 2019
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Apr 2018
This essay proceeds chronologically, describing and evaluating noteworthy book-length biographies of Poe, from William Fearing Gill to James Hutchisson. The quality of these biographies ... More

Poe’s Novel Explorations  

Lauren Coats

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Feb 2019
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Jul 2018
Poe experimented with one of the most popular genres of the nineteenth century: travel and exploration literature. Poe’s engagements with the genre highlight its dominance in the era’s ... More

‘That the People might Live’: Notes Toward a Study of Native American Elegy  

Arnold Krupat

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article presents a discussion on American Indian elegy. It specifically deals with Gerald Vizenor's theorization of what is called ‘continuance and survivance — this latter term a ... More

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