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Poe, Odoyevsky, and Purloined Letters

Questions of Theory and Period Style Analysis


Slobodan Sucur

In Poe, Odoyevsky, and Purloined Letters, Sucur draws on his broad literary interests including Romanticism, Gothic literature, the «long» eighteenth century, literary history, and literary theory. In his work, Sucur counterbalances and contextualizes Lacan’s and Derrida’s relativistic responses to Poe’s «The Purloined Letter» by returning to period style analysis, reading Edgar Allan Poe’s and V. F. Odoyevsky’s œuvres in relation to E. T. A. Hoffmann’s «High Romantic» tales and in relation to a historicizing and classicizing Biedermeier period (1815-1848), a late Romantic paradigm proposed by Friedrich Sengle, Virgil Nemoianu, and others.
Contents: Lacan – Derrida – Period style – Romanticism – Doppelgänger – Artists – Detectives – The fantastic – Neoclassicism.