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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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ii similarities observed concerning narrative patterns and the construction of characters and atmospheres in the works of both Romantic writers, in his article “Two Romanticisms but the Same Feeling: The Presence of Poe in Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer’s Leyendas”. In the second part, POE’S LEGACIES: DETECTIVES, THE GOTHIC, AND SCIENCE FICTION, some of Poe’s main legacies are revisited: detection, the Gothic, and Science Fiction. Here, Margarita Rigal, in “The Thousand- and-Second Dupin of Edgar A. Poe”, demonstrates that although, tradi- tionally, only a few of Poe’s tales are regarded as belonging to the detection genre, if his complete production is studied closely, it can be discovered that Poe’s rationalization is at work in many of his stories, and that Dupin is just but one of the several “detectives” invented by him; with “Approaching the Dupin-Holmes (or Poe-Doyle) Controversy”, Beatriz González explores Poe’s infl uence on Conan Doyle, analysing recurrent themes created by Poe and then used by Doyle, while focusing on how Doyle was accused of being a plagiarist and how he dealt with the situation; and, Ángel Mateos’s “‘The horrors are not to be denied’: The infl uence of Edgar A. Poe on Ray Brad- bury” presents a close reading of two short stories by Bradbury where the references to Poe are intentional with a comparative analysis of Bradbury’s treatment of elements coming from Poe, providing a new insight into Brad- bury’s literary dialogue with one of his major infl uences. The third part, POE, AESTHETICS AND THE...

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