American Flaneur: The Cosmic Physiognomy of Edgar Allan Poe by James V. Werner

By James V. Werner

American Flaneur investigates the connections among Edgar A. Poe and the nineteenth-century flaneur - or jogging city observer - prompt in Walter Benjamin's dialogue of Baudelaire. This learn illustrates the centrality of the flaneur to Poe's literary goals, and makes use of the flaneur to light up Poe's intimate but ambivalent courting to his surrounding tradition.
While James V. Werner concentrates on Poe's fiction, this booklet treats many components of nineteenth-century highbrow and pop culture, together with technology and pseudo-science, the yank journal market, city topology, the ugly, labyrinths, narratives of exploration and discovery, and cosmological treatises. Werner attracts on Marxist, reader reaction and periodical theories whereas reconstructing Poe via examinations of ephemeral texts of the time.

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