The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe

The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190641870
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Pages: 880
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.20(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations of Poe's Works
List of Contributors

Introduction: The Unfolding Investigation of Edgar Allan Poe
J. Gerald Kennedy and Scott Peeples

1. An Orphan's Life: 1809-1831
James M. Hutchisson

2. A Life in Print: 1831-1849
Scott Peeples

3. Poe: A Life in Letters
Lesley Ginsberg

4. Poe's Lives
Richard Kopley

5. Orientalism in Poe's Early Poetry
John Carlos Rowe

6. Echoes of the "Raven": Unoriginality in Poe's Verse
Michael C. Cohen

7. Poe's Common Meter
Virginia Jackson

8. Early Experiments in Genre: Imitations, Burlesques, Satires
Alexander Hammond

9. The Perversity of Public Opinion in Poe's Later Satires and Hoaxes
Stacey Margolis

10. Undead Wives and Undone Husbands: Poe's Tales of Marriage
Ellen Weinauer

11. Solving Mysteries in Poe, or Trying To
Susan Elizabeth Sweeney

12. Deciphering Dupin: Poe's Ratiocinative Plots
Kelly Ross

13. The Calculus of Probabilities: Contingency in "The Mystery of Marie Rog t"
Valerie Rohy

14. Counterparts: Poe's Doubles from "William Wilson" to "The Cask of Amontillado"
Paul Christian Jones

15. Outing the Perverse: Poe's False Confessionals
Leland S. Person

16. Poe's Survival Stories as Dying Colonialisms
Matt Sandler

17. Poe's Landscapes, Picturesque and Ideal
Kent P. Ljungquist

18. Undying Enigmas in "Ligeia"
Alexandra Urakova

19. "The Fall of the House of Usher" and the Architecture of Unreliability
Agnieska Soltysik Monnet

20. Genre, Science, and "Hans Pfaall"
Maurice S. Lee

21. Rude Representation: Orienting the American Frontier Through the Characters in Pym's Chasm
Jacob Berman

22. Pym and Unreadability
Cindy Weinstein

23. Poe's Novel Explorations
Lauren Coats

24. Conversations on the Body and the Soul: Transcending Death in the Angelic Dialogues and "Mesmeric Revelation"
Bruce Mills

25. Making Sense of Eureka
Laura Saltz

26. Poe the Critic: The Aesthetics of the "Tomahawk" Review
Paul Hurh

27. The Marginal Center: "Pinakidia," "Marginalia," and "Fifty Suggestions"
Stephen Rachman

28. Poe the Magazinist
Philip Edward Phillips

29. Poe's Cultural Inheritance: Literary Touchstones and the Cultivation of Erudition
William E. Engel

30. Ancestral Piles: Poe's Gothic Materials
Sean Moreland

31. Kindred Contemporaries: Lippard, Bird, Simms, Hawthorne, and Irving
Carl Ostrowski

32. Edgar Allan Poe and His Enemies
Sandra Tomc

33. Bluestockings and Bohemians
Edward Whitley

34. Poe and His Global Advocates
Emron Esplin

35. Poe and Modern(ist) Poetry: An Impure Legacy
Margarida Vale de Gato

36. An Unrequited Obsession: Poe and Modern Horror
W. Scott Poole

37. Dupin's Descendants in Print and on Screen
John Gruesser

38. Poe's Visual Legacy
Barbara Cantalupo

39. Poe and the Avant-Garde
Jonathan Elmer

40. Postmodern Poe
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

41. Poe and Science Fiction
Paul Grimstad

42. Poe and the Sciences of the Brain
Paul Gilmore

43. Temporal Effects: Trauma, Margaret Fuller, and "Graphicality" in Poe
Christina Zwarg

44. Unqualified Pleasure: Poe on Forms of Life
Branka Arsi?

45. Poe's Terror Analytics
J. Gerald Kennedy


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