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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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Acknowledgements We would like to highly acknowledge the generous contribution of the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (ref. FFI2009-05813-E), the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha (ref. AEB_1561/09), the University of Castilla-La Mancha and the Ayuntamiento de Albacete, without whose fi nancial aid this book would not have seen the light of day. Our deepest gratitude goes to the scholars who have unfailingly encour- aged us in developing this project and given us thoughtful ideas: to Fernando Galván, Juan Bravo, and Antonio Ballesteros, who have infl uenced our thin- king in more ways than we can adequately trace; to Scott Peeples, Barbara Cantalupo and Richard Fusco, whose long dedication and tireless work on E. A. Poe have been a source of inspiration. We also want to thank our co- workers at Peter Lang for their enthusiasm, especially to Katrin Forrer and Daniela Christen for making things easier for us. Finally, our most lengthy debt is to our husbands, to whom we dedi- cate this volume, as well as to my brother (Beatriz’s) and to my son (Margarita’s), who have nurtured and supported us at the various stages of the “descent” that has led to this publication. PL_gonzl_rigal_FM_i-xiv.indd vii 2/1/10 8:27:35 PM PL_gonzl_rigal_FM_i-xiv.indd viii 11/16/09 3:27:50 PM

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