Edgar Allan Poe | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Jerome DeNuccio

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Edgar Allan Poe.
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Critical Essay by Jerome DeNuccio

SOURCE: DeNuccio, Jerome. “History, Narrative, and Authority: Poe's ‘Metzengerstein.’” College Literature 24, no. 2 (June 1997): 71-81.

In the following essay, DeNuccio examines the narrative authority in Poe's story “Metzengerstein.”

It is perhaps fitting that in “Metzengerstein,” his first published tale,1 Poe explores the authority a writer wields over his narrative. What makes the tale interesting, however, is the strategy Poe employs: he uses a writing character's loss of authority to affirm his own. Poe's strategy hinges on the dual metempsychosis that occurs in the tale. On the surface, of course, the tale strongly implies that the soul of Count Berlifitzing has transmigrated to a horse, thereby exacting revenge on his hereditary enemy Baron Metzengerstein. But a second, less apparent, metempsychosis takes place...

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