American literature | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Dennis A. Foster

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of American literature.
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Critical Essay by Dennis A. Foster

SOURCE: “Re-Poe Man: A Problem of Pleasure,”Arizona Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 4, Winter, 1990, pp. 1-26.

Below, Foster analyzes several of Poe's fictions in the light of the critic's thesis 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 the needs to cover up. The bodies return, a tell-tale 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...

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