Academic Year 2008-2009

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Fiends and Murderers: Edgar Allan Poe's Influence on Death as Depicted in American Media

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English Language and Literature

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Poe's psychological "tales of ratiocination" create the daring illusion that death can be "figured out." This discussion analyzes selected motifs of villainy and murder in a few of Poe's works and notes how his techniques for generating suspense continue to affect the portrayal of death in today's popular culture.

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Fiends and Murderers: Edgar Allan Poe's Influence on Death as Depicted in American Media

Poe's psychological "tales of ratiocination" create the daring illusion that death can be "figured out." This discussion analyzes selected motifs of villainy and murder in a few of Poe's works and notes how his techniques for generating suspense continue to affect the portrayal of death in today's popular culture.