American literature | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 38 pages of analysis & critique of American literature.
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SOURCE: “Re-Poe Man: A Problem of Pleasure,” in Arizona Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 4, Winter, 1990, pp. 1-26.

In the following essay, Foster analyzes several of Poe's fictions, and argues that for the characters in Poe's stories, “unpleasure is its own reward.”

Ordinary fucking people. I hate them.

Repo Man

The plots of Poe's stories are too shallow to bury the bodies he needs to cover up. The bodies return, a telltale part always there to betray the alibis of his narrators. Roderick Usher's friend happily buries the blushing Madeline; Dupin's sidekick believes the police would really overlook the filthy letter; Legrand's friend in “The Gold-Bug” listens wide-eyed to a story of an ancient cryptographic note found fluttering on the beach. The narrators insist on their own reason and sanity, but they readily put common sense aside. Luckily...

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