POEtic Effect and Cultural Discourses


1. Auflage, 2003
247 Seiten

ISBN: 978-3-8253-1489-7
Sortiment: Buch
Ausgabe: Gebunden
Fachgebiet: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Reihe: American Studies – A Monograph Series, Band: 105
lieferbar: 10.06.2003

Schlagwörter: Poe, Edgar Allan, Kongress, Eichstätt (1999), Mesmerismus, Kosmologie, Wirkungsästhetik, amerikanische Literaturkritik


This collection of essays by a group of scholars from Germany, the United States, Russia and the Czech Republic focuses on the relations of E.A. Poe's work to various forms of cultural discourse as well as on its
intercultural and intermedial repercussions. One of the central concerns of this conference volume is the question
of how a cultural reading of Poe's literary fictions can account for their character as 'tales of effect'. The scope of
investigation ranges from the cultural significance of animal representations and the aesthetic consequences of
Poe's interest in mesmerism and scientific cosmologies to the uncovering of archeological strata in The Gold
Bug, the exploration of temperance rhetoric in The Black Cat, and the engagement of the public-private
dichotomy in The Pit and the Pendulum. Furthermore, the role of Beauty in Poe's aesthetic and the process of
poetological self-construction are discussed, as well as the illustrations for the poem To Helen and, finally, the
influence of Poe's writings on Russian symbolism.

Bisherige Forschungsgebiete des Autors:
Science and literature; text and image; literary theory

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Ulla Haselstein in: Amerikastudien / American Studies, 50, 1/2 (2005), 312f