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Poe's Pym: Critical Explorations [NOOK Book]

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"The interpreter's dream-text," as one critic called Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym has prompted critical approaches almost as varied as the experiences it chronicles. This is the first book to deal exclusively with Pym, Poe's longest fictional work and in many ways his most ambitious. Here leading Poe scholars provide solutions and interpretations for many challenging enigmas in this mysterious novel.
The product of a decade of research and planning, Poe's...
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Poe's Pym: Critical Explorations

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Overview

"The interpreter's dream-text," as one critic called Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym has prompted critical approaches almost as varied as the experiences it chronicles. This is the first book to deal exclusively with Pym, Poe's longest fictional work and in many ways his most ambitious. Here leading Poe scholars provide solutions and interpretations for many challenging enigmas in this mysterious novel.
The product of a decade of research and planning, Poe's "Pym" offers a factual basis for some of the most fantastic elements in the novel and uncovers surprising connections between Poe's text and exploration literature, nautical lore, Arthurian narrative, nineteenth-century journalism, Moby Dick, and other writings. Representing a rich cross-section of current modes of literary study—from source study to psychoanalytic criticism to new historicism—these sixteen essays probe issues such as literary influence, the limits of language, racism, the holocaust, prolonged mourning, and the structure of the human mind. Poe's "Pym" will be an invaluable resource for students of both contemporary criticism and nineteenth-century American culture.

Contributors. John Barth, Susan F. Beegel, J. Lasley Dameron, Grace Farrell, Alexander Hammond, David H. Hirsch, John T. Irwin, J. Gerald Kennedy, David Ketterer, Joan Tyler Mead, Joseph J. Moldenhauer, Carol Peirce, Burton R. Pollin, Alexander G. Rose III, John Carlos Rowe, G. R. Thompson, Bruce I. Weiner

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"This volume calls attention to the increased centrality of Pym to our understanding of postmodern American literature. It will prove an essential resource for every scholar in the growing field of Poe studies."—Donald E. Pease, Dartmouth University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822397601
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Kopley is Associate Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University, DuBois Campus.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Conference Attendees
Note Regarding Frequently Cited Works
Introduction 1
Literary Origins
"Mutiny and Atrocious Butchery": The Globe Mutiny as a Source for Pym 7
Poe's "Manual of 'Seamanship'" 20
Pym's Polar Episode: Conclusion or Beginning? 33
Novels, Tales, and Problems of Form in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym 44
Poe's Reading of Myth: The White Vision of Arthur Gordon Pym 57
Pym, the Dighton Rock, and the Matter of Vinland 75
Poe's Life Reflected through the Sources of Pym 95
Sociohistorical Contexts
Mourning in Poe's Pym 107
Poe, Antebellum Slavery, and Modern Criticism 117
Prefigurings
"Postmodern" or Post-Auschwitz: The Case of Poe 141
Figuration
Consumption, Exchange, and the Literary Marketplace: From the Folio Club Tales to Pym 153
Pym Pourri: Decomposing the Textual Body 167
The Quincuncial Network in Poe's Pym 175
The Arabesque Design of Arthur Gordon Pym 188
A Writer's View
"Still Farther South": Some Notes on Poe's Pym 217
A Bibliographer's View
Tracing Shadows: Pym Criticism, 1980-1990 233
Notes 275
Contributors 329
Index 333
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