The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allen Poe

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J. Gerald Kennedy, Scott Peeples
Oxford University Press, Jan 8, 2019 - Literary Criticism - 880 pages
No American author of the early 19th century enjoys a larger international audience than Edgar Allan Poe. Widely translated, read, and studied, he occupies an iconic place in global culture. Such acclaim would have gratified Poe, who deliberately wrote for "the world at large" and mocked the provincialism of strictly nationalistic themes. Partly for this reason, early literary historians cast Poe as an outsider, regarding his dark fantasies as extraneous to American life and experience. Only in the 20th century did Poe finally gain a prominent place in the national canon. Changing critical approaches have deepened our understanding of Poe's complexity and revealed an author who defies easy classification. New models of interpretation have excited fresh debates about his essential genius, his subversive imagination, his cultural insight, and his ultimate impact, urging an expansive reconsideration of his literary achievement.

Edited by leading experts J. Gerald Kennedy and Scott Peeples, this volume presents a sweeping reexamination of Poe's work. Forty-five distinguished scholars address Poe's troubled life and checkered career as a "magazinist," his poetry and prose, and his reviews, essays, opinions, and marginalia. The chapters provide fresh insights into Poe's lasting impact on subsequent literature, music, art, comics, and film and illuminate his radical conception of the universe, science, and the human mind. Wide-ranging and thought-provoking, this Handbook reveals a thoroughly modern Poe, whose timeless fables of peril and loss will continue to attract new generations of readers and scholars.
 

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Contents

The Unfolding Investigation of Edgar Poe
1
18091831
18
18311849
33
A Life in Letters
50
4 Poes Lives
70
5 Orientalism in Poes Early Poetry
87
Unoriginality in Poes Verse
104
7 Poes Common Meter
121
Transcending Death in the Angelic Dialogues and Mesmeric Revelation
406
25 Making Sense of Eureka
424
The Aesthetics of the Tomahawk Review
444
Pinakidia Marginalia and Fifty Suggestions
462
28 Poe the Magazinist
479
Literary Touchstones and the Cultivation of Erudition
499
Poes Gothic Materials
520
Lippard Bird Simms Hawthorne and Irving
542

Imitations Burlesques Satires
139
9 The Perversity of Public Opinion in Poes Later Satires and Hoaxes
157
Poes Tales of Marriage
173
11 Solving Mysteries in Poe or Trying to
189
Poes Ratiocinative Plots
205
Contingency in The Mystery of Marie Rogêt
224
Poes Doubles from William Wilson to The Cask of Amontillado
236
Poes False Confessionals
252
16 Poes Survival Stories as Dying Colonialisms
269
17 Poes Landscapes Picturesque and Ideal
286
18 Undying Enigmas in Ligeia
304
19 The Fall of the House of Usher and the Architecture of Unreliability
320
20 Genre Science and Hans Pfaall
338
Orienting the American Frontier Through the Characters in Pyms Chasm
351
22 Pym and Unreadability
371
23 Poes Novel Explorations
384
32 Edgar Allan Poe and His Enemies
559
33 Bluestockings and Bohemians
576
34 Poe and His Global Advocates
597
An Impure Legacy
618
Poe and Modern Horror
641
37 Dupins Descendants in Print and on Screen
659
38 Poes Visual Legacy
676
39 Poe and the AvantGarde
700
40 Postmodern Poe
718
41 Poe and Science Fiction
735
42 Poe and the Sciences of the Brain
752
Trauma Margaret Fuller and Graphicality in Poe
773
Poe on Forms of Life
792
45 Poes Terror Analytics
809
Index
829
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J. Gerald Kennedy is Boyd Professor of English at Louisiana State University. He is the author of Poe, Death, and the Life of Writing (1987) and, with the support of Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe (2016). He also edited the Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe (2001) and The Portable Edgar Allan Poe (2006) and co-edited Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race (2001) as well as Poe and the Remapping of Antebellum Print Culture (2012).

Scott Peeples is Professor of English at the College of Charleston and the author of Edgar Allan Poe Revisited (1998) and The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe (2004), which received the Patrick F. Quinn Award from the Poe Studies Association. He has also published numerous articles on Poe and other topics in 19th-century American literature. Peeples co-edited the journal Poe Studies from 2008 to 2013 and currently serves on the editorial board of the Edgar Allan Poe Review.

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