The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe

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Shawn James Rosenheim, Stephen Rachman, Associate Professor of English and Director of the American Studies Program Stephen Rachman
JHU Press, 1995 M08 28 - 364 pages

"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.


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As a reader my self , when it came to reading Edger Allan Poes poems and storys I realize that when it came to edger allan poe having his own view of the world. I found it intresting that he had a view based on sence of value, and originiality. Stating that when it came to writting about him self it was so complex because he was so subjective. Especially when it came to him self in a way that when he talked about him self he would talk in second person he would forshadow. 


Being Odd Getting Even Descartes Emerson Poe
Poe and Wordsworth on the Nature
Terminate or Liquidate? Poe Sensationalism and
Poe versus Stowe
Locked Rooms and Labyrinths
Detective Fiction Psychoanalysis and the Analytic Sublime
Poe Ladies and Slaves
Poe and Gentry Virginia
Recovering the Body of Marie Rogêt
Poe Literary Nationalism and Authorial Identity
Poetic Politics in The Island of the Fay
The Poetics of Extinction
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Shawn Rosenheim teaches in the Department of English at Williams College. Stephen Rachman teaches in the Department of English at Michigan State University.

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