Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) has long occupied the position of literary outsider. Dismissed as unrepresentative of the main currents of antebellum culture, Poe commented incisively—in fiction and nonfiction—on nationalism, science, materialism, popular taste, and cultural ideology. Opposing the pressure to write nationalistic “American” tales or from a restricted New England perspective, he produced a body of work held in greater international esteem than that of any of his U.S. contemporaries.
Jerome McGann is the John Stewart Bryan University Professor at the University of Virginia and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored and edited numerous books, including Towards a Literature of Knowledge, Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web, and The Scholar's Art: Literary Studies in a Managed World.
Praise for Poe and the Remapping of Antebellum Print Culture
“The volume offers a fascinating portrait of a paradoxical Poe. . . . Rather than merely stoking the (in Poe’s case massive) cult of the author, these essays suggest that Poe’s paradoxes, contradictions, and ironies have at least as much to do with his complex and troubled times as they do with his complex and troubled genius. . . . A crucial contribution to the 'American turn' in Poe studies but also important reading for Americanists broadly.”—H-Southern-Lit
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