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Animals and the Letter of the Law

Edgar Allan Poe

in Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161237
eISBN:
9780231531948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161237.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter explores the relationship between human and animal subjectivity and how American literature engages with and critiques biopower. To this end, the chapter offers a reading of Edgar Allan ... More


Held in Reserve: Banks, Serial Crises, and the Ekphrastic Turn

John O’brien

in Literature Incorporated: The Cultural Unconscious of the Business Corporation, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226291123
eISBN:
9780226291260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226291260.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

The Panic of 1837 was the financial crisis that set the pattern for such paroxysms of instability in the financial system ever since. This chapter explores the importance of the figure of the bank in ... More


When Is Now?: Poe’s Aesthetics of Temporality

Cindy Weinstein

in American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156172
eISBN:
9780231520775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a close reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym that combines narrative theory, history of science, and Poe's racial politics. It begins by identifying ... More


Detecting “Absolute Chance”

Charles Peirce and Anna Katharine Green

in Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the Production of Chance

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804775359
eISBN:
9780804778459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804775359.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines pragmatism by focusing on two writers who rely on chance to conduct their investigations: Charles Sanders Peirce and Anna Katharine Green. It looks at Green's detective fiction ... More


Poe’s Taste for the Arabesque

Jacob Rama Berman

in American Arabesque: Arabs and Islam in the Nineteenth Century Imaginary

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814789506
eISBN:
9780814789513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814789506.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the translation of the image of the Arab into a “unique” expression of American romanticism, particularly in Edgar Allan Poe's oeuvre. In Poe, the figure of the Arab facilitates ... More


What's the Point of a Revolution?: Edgar Allan Poe and the Origins of the Asylum

in Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226709635
eISBN:
9780226709659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709659.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Building on a close reading of Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether,” this chapter explores some of the inner contradictions in the ideology of the asylum ... More


“The Sea Is History”: Apocalypse and the New World Romance

Gretchen J. Woertendyke

in Hemispheric Regionalism: Romance and the Geography of Genre

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190212278
eISBN:
9780190212292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212278.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

In this chapter, I read Scottish writer John Howison’s “The Florida Pirate” and its relationship to the writing of two prominent nineteenth-century American writers, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman ... More


The Forms of the Perverse

Catherine Toal

in The Entrapments of Form

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823269341
eISBN:
9780823269396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823269341.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter proposes that the transfer of literary influence achieved by Baudelaire’s recognition and misinterpretation of Poe’s “perverse” (the latter a widespread emergent American fictional ... More


The Moral Vernacular of American Copyright Reform

Michael J. Everton

in The Grand Chorus of Complaint: Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199751785
eISBN:
9780199896936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751785.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The nineteenth-century debate over international copyright is usually framed as a battle over law and economics. Many of the antagonists saw the law and economics of intellectual property, however, ... More


Aping Apes: Edgar Allan Poe's “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and Richard Wright's Native Son

Christopher Peterson

in Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 1 situates Poe's “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in relation to eighteenth and nineteenth-century evolutionary and racial discourses in order to show how the hierarchy that whites invented in ... More


Murder and Madness: The Myth of the Kentucky Tragedy

Matthew G. Schoenbachler

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125664
eISBN:
9780813135373
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125664.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The “Kentucky Tragedy” was early America's best known true crime story. In 1825, Jereboam O. Beauchamp assassinated Kentucky attorney general Solomon P. Sharp. The murder, trial, conviction, and ... More


Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol

Adam Frank

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262465
eISBN:
9780823266364
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262465.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This book brings theories of affect to the study of poetics. Informed by the thinking of Silvan Tomkins, Melanie Klein, and Wilfred Bion, it offers new interpretations of the poetics of four major ... More


The Silence of the Image

Roger Pearson

in Mallarmé and Circumstance: The Translation of Silence

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199266746
eISBN:
9780191708923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266746.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, European Literature

This chapter shows that ‘Billet’ is more than just a poetic letter praising an ephemeral English review. It is also a homage to James McNeill Whistler, whom Mallarmé viewed as the living embodiment ... More


The Drunkard’s Demons

Matthew Warner Osborn

in Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early American Republic

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226099897
eISBN:
9780226099927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226099927.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The final chapter traces how delirium tremens shaped representations of pathological drinking in mid nineteenth-century popular culture. Finding depictions of the disease in the writings of some of ... More


In Imagination: Traveling Clairvoyance and the Suspension of Disbelief

Emily Ogden

in Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226532165
eISBN:
9780226532479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226532479.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

As mesmerism spread in the US, it changed: Poyen’s vision of credulity governed by a detached operator gave way to a more collaborative relationship between mesmerist and subject. The first ... More


Expression and Theatricality, or Medium Poe

Adam Frank

in Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262465
eISBN:
9780823266364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262465.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter reads the fragmented depiction of faces in several of Poe’s short stories in order to develop an account of expression that is not opposed to repression and that does not rely on ... More


Attention Surfeit Disorder: An “Interregnum” on Poescript vs. Plot

Garrett Stewart

in Novel Violence: A Narratography of Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226774589
eISBN:
9780226774602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226774602.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the violence in the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. It explains that the traumatic material in Poe's works is wholly out in the open. Violence is rhetorically propelled and ... More


Antebellum Idealism

David E. Shi

in Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850–1920

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195106534
eISBN:
9780199854097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106534.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

Genteel idealism, domestic idealism, and transcendental idealism dominated the intellectual landscape during the 1830s and 1840s, but three of America's most powerful and enduring writers fell ... More


Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity

Colleen Boggs

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161237
eISBN:
9780231531948
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161237.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book puts animal representation at the center of the making of the liberal American subject and argues that animals are critical to the ways in which Americans enact their humanity and regulate ... More


The Landscape of Alienation in “Old Mr. Marblehall”

Noel Polk

in Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110843
eISBN:
9781604733235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110843.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter offers a reading of Eudora Welty’s short story “Old Mr. Marblehall,” and compares the story to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Wakefield.” All three ... More


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