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Author Elmer, Jonathan, 1961-

Title Reading at the social limit : affect, mass culture, and Edgar Allan Poe / Jonathan Elmer.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  818.309 POE/ ELME    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 259 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-254) and index.
Contents Introduction: The Figure of Mass Culture -- 1. Publicity, Plagiarism, and the Prescriptive Right of the Mob -- 2. Poe, Sensationalism, and the Sentimental Tradition -- 3. Confessing the Crime of Confession -- 4. The Cultural Logic of the Hoax.
Summary Edgar Allan Poe's mobility with respect to apparently exclusive sets of values - those of high and mass culture - has long troubled curators of the cultural order. Many critics have been puzzled, sometimes to the point of vituperation, about how Poe can stand simultaneously as the germinal figure of a central modernist trajectory (leading via Baudelaire to French Symbolism and thence to the high modernism of Eliot and others) and as the acknowledged pioneer of several durable mass-cultural genres, including detective and science fiction and certain modes of sensational or Gothic horror.
Arguing that Poe is not exceptional but exemplary in this ambivalent relationship to mass culture, the author offers a new theorization of mass culture and ideology through extended analysis of four motifs in Poe's works: the notion of the uncanny and its link to anxieties about originality; Gothic horror and identification; the confessional psychopath; and the figure of the dupe and the "logic of the hoax."
Subject Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Appreciation -- United States.
Literature and society -- United States -- History.
Authors and readers -- United States -- History.
Books and reading -- United States -- History.
Popular culture -- United States -- History.
Canon (Literature)
ISBN 0804725411