Critical Theory

Critical Theory

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Edgar Allan Poes reputation as an enduring and influential American literary critic rests mainly upon the pieces in this edition. Editors Stuart Levine and Susan F. Levine provide reading texts, detailed explanatory footnotes, variant readings, and introductions to show context. They also face frankly the contradictions in Poes critical dicta. Poetry is for pleasure, not truth, Poe says, but argues that poetic inspiration leads to truth. Great works, Poe says, result from studied calculation, but also from irrational, supernal sources. Both biting critic and doughty defender of American artistic achievement, Poe was contemptuous of democratic art, except when he manned the barricades in its defense. Critical Theory highlights such conflicting ideas and suggests why they are present. _x000B_This edition shows that what is consistent in Poe is not any single theory. Rather, always present are wit, playfulness, concern for the strong effect, a bin of recyclable allusions, anecdotes and quotations, and a writers discipline. His writing on theory is of a piece with his fiction, poetry, and journalism. The Levines explain how these pieces also tie in tightly to the social, political, economic, and technological history of the world in which Poe lived.

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Poe (1809-1849), famed for his macabre fiction ("The Tell-Tale Heart") and poetry ("The Raven"), has also been called "the first important American critic." The Levines (retired from the U. of Kansas), authors/coauthors of other works on Poe, compile and provide insightful explanatory notes on variant texts of Poe's witty, often conflicting statements on theories of writing and criticism, and American literary achievements. They also situate his critical pieces appearing in periodicals in the context of the new role of 'magazinist.' This collection was originally planned to be part of Burton Pollin's continuing edition of The Collected Writings of Edgar Allen Poe. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Edgar Allan Poe's reputation as an enduring and influential American literary critic rests mainly upon the pieces in this edition. Editors Stuart and Susan F. Levine provide reading texts, detailed explanatory footnotes, variant readings, and introductions to show context. They also face frankly the contradictions in Poe's critical opinions. Critical Theory highlights examples of conflicting ideas and suggests the reasons they are present.
What was consistent in Poe's work was not a single theory, but rather wit, playfulness, concern for the strong effect, a bin of recyclable allusions, anecdotes and quotations, and a craftsman's discipline. Poe's writing on theory is of a piece with his fiction, poetry, and journalism. The Levines explain how these critical statements also tie tightly to the social, political, economic, and technological history of the world in which Poe lived.

Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois, Ă2009
ISBN: 9780252091728
0252091728
0252031237
9780252031236
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 229 pages :) : illustrations

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