American literature | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of American literature.
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SOURCE: “Pym Pourri: Decomposing the Textual Body,” in Poe's Pym: Critical Explorations, edited by Richard Kopley, Duke University Press, 1992, pp. 167-74.

In the following essay, Kennedy examines Poe's handling of putrefaction in The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym, suggesting that the use of this taboo subject “afforded him the perfect trope for his own revolting and revolutionary project.”

We cannot be sure whether Poe or some nameless functionary at Harper and Brothers constructed the elaborate subtitle for The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket which summarizes the novel's sensational elements. But the sixteen-line inventory—which promises “mutiny,” “atrocious butchery,” “shipwreck,” “horrible sufferings,” “famine,” “capture,” and “massacre,” as well as &#x...

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