Undergraduate English Courses Spring 2018

358:213 Major Topics and Authors in American Literature: Edgar Allan Poe

01   MW5  CAC   15205  MCGILL      MU-115

Edgar Allan Poe is widely known as an innovator or inventor of a number of popular genres:  the locked-room mystery, science fiction, the gothic tale, and the newspaper hoax.  But he has also had a huge impact on more elite literary and cultural pursuits:  his writing was central to the development of Symbolist poetry, modernist painting and illustration, film, psychoanalysis, and literary theory.  The figure of Poe—melancholy dreamer, misunderstood genius, and poverty-stricken magazine writer—has shaped our very idea of what it means to be a modern author, one who depends for survival on a fickle literary marketplace.  In this class we will study a broad range of Poe’s writing in order to understand his interventions into the literature and culture of his own era and his ongoing influence on ours.