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

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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Notes on Contributors ÁNGEL GALDÓN-RODRÍGUEZ is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), under the tutorship of Dr. Margarita Rigal. He centres his research in the infl uence of Literature on mass culture. FERNANDO GALVÁN is Full Professor of English at the University of Alcalá de Henares (Spain). Among many other merits, he is president of ESSE (European Society for the Study of English), and former president of AEDEAN (Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos). He is the author of more than thirty books, and more than a hundred essays and articles dealing with English authors and Literary Criti- cism, published in scholarly journals, such as Atlantis, Anglo-American Studies, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, Epos, BELLS, Doris Lessing Newsletter, European Journal of English Studies, PMLA, The European English Messenger, REAL, Barcarola, etc. BEATRIZ GONZÁLEZ-MORENO is Associate Professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, where she teaches English Literature. Her main fi eld of research is the analysis of the aesthetic categories in the Romantic period, focusing on the relevance of the sublime in relation to traditional beauty. On that subject, she has published a book, exploring the categories of the beautiful and the sublime in the English Romanticism and the aesthetic experience in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Lo sublime, lo gótico y lo romántico: la experiencia estética en el romanticismo inglés, 2007). She is also the author of a number of articles...

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