A World of Words: Language and Displacement in the Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe

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Duke University Press, Mar 11, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 182 pages
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DIVA World of Words offers a new look at the degree to which language itself is a topic of Poe's texts. Stressing the ways his fiction reflects on the nature of its own signifying practices, Williams sheds new light on such issues as Poe's characterization of the relationship between author and reader as a struggle for authority, on his awareness of the displacement of an "authorial writing self" by a "self as it is written," and on his debunking of the redemptive properties of the romantic symbol./div
  

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Contents

A World of Words
1
The Personage in Question Self and Language
17
An Unknown Quantity of X Some Anxieties of Authority
45
Duelli Lex Scripta Et Non Aliterque The Struggle for Authority
62
Word of No Meaning Denial of the Symbol
80
Voice and Text Displacements of Authority
105
Conclusion Allegories of Reading
122
Notes
153
Index
179
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