Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race

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J. Gerald Kennedy, Liliane Weissberg
Oxford University Press, 2001 - 292 oldal
Edgar Allan Poe's strength as a writer lay in fabricating fantisies in settings far removed from his own place and time. This dislocation renders the attitudes embedded in his fiction open to interpretation, and over the years some readers have found Poe to be virulently racist, while others found him morally conflicted, and still others detected a subversion of racism in his works' subtle sympathies for non-white characters. As a nineteenth-century Southerner, Poe was a deeply ambiguous figure, evading race issues while living among them, and traversing the North-South border with little sensitivity to its political implications. In this tightly organized volume, a handful of leading Americanists revisit the Poe issue, re-examining what it means to speak of an author and his work as racist, and where the critic's responsibility lies.
 

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Tartalomjegyzék

1 Average Racism
3
2 The Poetics of Whiteness
41
3 Edgar Allan Poes Imperial Fantasy and the American Frontier
75
4 Poe Persons and Property
106
5 Black White and Gold
127
6 Presence of Mind
157
7 The Murders in the Rue Morgue
177
8 Poes Philosophy of Amalgamation
205
9 Trust No Man
225
Bibliography
259
Contributors
277
Index
279
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J. Gerald Kennedy is at Louisiana State University. Liliane Weissberg is at University of Pennsylvania.

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