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A Descent into Edgar Allan Poe and His Works: The Bicentennial

Edited By Beatriz González Moreno and Margarita Rigal Aragón

Today Edgar Allan Poe is a well-known and highly regarded author. When, a hundred years ago (1909), a group of Poe acquaintances, fans and scholars got together at the University of Virginia to commemorate Poe’s birth centenary, they had to do so in order to modify the persistent misstatements of his earlier biographers, and to correct the unsettled judgment of his literary rank.
Now, in 2009, many Poe fans and scholars are gathering together once more to honour Poe on the second centenary of his birth. Different types of events (theatrical and musical performances, book auctions, etc.) and academic conferences have been celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, acclaiming Poe’s literary rank again. This volume brings together a wide range of scholars with varied critical approaches and succeeds in shedding new light on E. A. Poe on the occasion of his Bicentenary. The book is organized into three principal sections; the first part focuses on the reception of Poe in Great Britain, France, and Spain; the second revisits some of Poe’s main legacies, such as his stories of detection, the Gothic, and Science Fiction; and the third deals with the aesthetic quality of his narratives and also offers an analysis of his work integrating Text Linguistics within the broader study of social discourses.


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Acknowledgments vii List of Illustrations ix Preface xv PART ONE PARALLEL LIVES: READING POE Fernando Galván Poe versus Dickens: an Ambiguous Relationship 3 Sonya Isaak Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire: The Artist as the Elite Victim 25 Ricardo Marín-Ruiz Two Romanticisms but the Same Feeling: The Presence of Poe in Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer’s Leyendas 35 PART TWO POE’S LEGACIES: DETECTIVES, THE GOTHIC, AND SCIENCE FICTION Margarita Rigal-Aragón The Thousand-and-Second Dupin of Edgar A. Poe 47 Beatriz González-Moreno Approaching the Dupin-Holmes (or Poe-Doyle) Controversy 59 PL_gonzl_rigal_FM_i-xiv.indd v 11/16/09 3:27:49 PM vi Table of Contents Ángel Mateos-Aparicio Martín-Albo “The Horrors Are Not To Be Denied”: The Infl uence of Edgar A. Poe on Ray Bradbury 79 PART THREE POE, AESTHETICS AND THE USE OF LANGUAGE Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan Poe’s Poetry: Melancholy and the Picturesque 97 Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo Functions and Values of Description, Metaphorical Image and Comparison in “Ligeia”: a Discursive-Rhetorical Study 107 PART FOUR EPILOGUE José Antonio Gurpegui John Allan versus Edgar Allan, or Poe’s Early Years 125 PART FIVE CHRONOLOGY Ángel Galdón-Rodríguez 139 Chronology Notes on Contributors 151 PL_gonzl_rigal_FM_i-xiv.indd vi 11/16/09 3:27:50 PM

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