Tag Archives: Edgar Allan Poe

Repressed Violence in Southern Gothic Lit

In my course on American Gothic Supernatural lit, I contrasted “Turn of the Scre”w with “Wizard of Oz” and then glanced at Southern Gothic lit.

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To Understand America, Read Gothics

In a course on American supernatural gothic fiction, I argue that Poe pushed back against the Enlightenment and Hawthorne against Puritanism.

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Poe & Hiding in Plain Sight

Thursday Now that the phrase “hiding in plain sight” is on everyone’s lips, it’s worth revisiting an old post, written 18 months ago, about Edgar Allan Poe’s “Purloined Letter.” After all, since then we’ve had confirmed one of the more spectacular instances of a letter theft committed in plain sight. When Trump said during the campaign, […]

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Trump Crimes in Plain Sight (Poe, Borges)

To understand how Trump can commit crimes in plain sight, read Poe and Borges.

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Gawain, Trump and Shame

Trump and Sir Gawain respond in opposite ways to shame: Trump counterattacks by acting shamelessly while Gawain lets it tie him into knots.

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Ferreting Out Trump’s Purloined Letter

Why does Trump seem to get away with his brazen flirtation with Vladimir Putin. Maybe he’s like the nefarious D– in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter.”

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Lincoln Transformed Depression thru Lit

Melancholy threatened to paralyze Abraham Lincoln in his early years. Literature helped him give voice to his depression and taught him how to turn it into an asset.

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Poe: Trapped in the Prison of the Self

Two Chinese students have brought home to me, from their collectivist perspective, how Edgar Allan Poe went against the grain of American individualism. He exposed its dark side, even as Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman were unabashedly celebrated it.

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British and American Fantasy Contrasted

An “Atlantic” article argues that British fantasy is richer than American fantasy. I agree that they are different and that there are interesting reasons for those differences–but that American fantasy is vibrant as well.

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