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Tell-Tale Heart: sublime

terror

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Tell-Tale Heart: community/identity

displaced identity; the self hard to extricate from the old man (and eventually even from the reader) a merging of identities to terrifying effect.

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Tell-Tale Heart: genre

Still a murder/detective story, but inverse example (published after first two Dupin stories)

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Tell-Tale Heart: narrative features

Unreliable narrator

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Tell-Tale Heart: Published in

The Pioneer: A Literary and Critical Magazine

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Tell-Tale Heart: originally there was an epigraph with a quote from .... (about?)

Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life"; stanza on hearts as funeral marches, beating toward the grave

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Tell-Tale Heart: "What you mistake for madness is but

over acuteness of the senses."

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Tell-Tale Heart: quote, the Old Man's "Evil Eye" and "The beating..."

"of his hideous heart"

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Tell-Tale Heart: quote, about the Old Man's groan of terror from the bed: "Many a night, just at midnight, when all the world slept, ..."

"it has welled up from my own bosom."

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Tell-Tale Heart: talking point, sympathy, perspective

Radically misguided sympathy—a confusion of perspectives: the Old Man’s groan of terror from the bed: “Many a night, just at midnight, when all the world slept, it has welled up from my own bosom” (also identity)

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Rue Morgue: published when

1841

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Rue Morgue: science, perspectives, empiricism

-Dupin: seeing the different perspectives; doesn’t shut down ideas because they don’t conform to normal heuristics (SEE speech on method)
-Empiricism: reconstructing the situation

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Tell-Tale Heart: theme, underlying idea, America

DH Lawrence thought the American psyche was crumbling—guilt over treatment of the indigenous—Poe is perversely interested in watching his psyche crumble (cf. evil eye)

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Rue Morgue: founds the following topoi in detective fiction

1. eccentric but brilliant detective
2. bumbling constables (as foil to detective)
3. 1st person narration by close personal friend
4. 1st locked room mystery in detective fiction
5. detective announcing solution and then explaining the reasoning leading up to it

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Rue Morgue: published where

Appears in Graham’s Magazine (fashion, literature, romance, art) in 1841 while Poe works as editor

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Rue Morgue: later republished as a

pamphlet

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Rue Morgue: has a serialized ______

sequel

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Rue Morgue: one of the earliest of Poe's works to be translated into

French

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Rue Morgue: Dupin quotes from Rousseau's _____ __ __ ___ ______

Julie, or the New Heloise

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Rue Morgue: Dupin quotes from Roussea's Julie, or the New Heloise, "to deny..."

"to deny that which is, and explore that which is not"

21

Poe is born

1809

22

Poe dies

1849

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House of Usher: published when

1839

24

House of Usher: hierarchy, center

examining a hierarchy founded on a dead center; part of the gothic tradition; "We have put her living in the tomb!"

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House of Usher: history, past, memory

They read texts from days of romance

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House of Usher: sublime

terror

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House of Usher: the house, double meaning

the house has double-meaning in minds of peasantry: Gothic House and Aristocratic Family Line; the building itself a mingling of perfection and decay

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House of Usher: tone

gray, gloomy, dreary

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House of Usher: Roderick and Lady Madeline

Usher twins. Both suffer the exact same illness, a “Morbid acuteness of the senses”

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House of Usher: meta-text, foreshadowing

Roderick’s verses of “The Haunted Palace” about the fall of a great house

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House of Usher: narrator and Roderick read a series of books on the

science and mythology of the occult

32

House of Usher: to calm Roderick, narrator reads

"Mad Trist," a romance tale

33

House of Usher: published where

Burton's (gentlemen's magazine)

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House of Usher: "No portion of the _______ had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of _____, and the utterly porous, and evidently decayed condition of ________ stones."

masonry; parts; individual

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House of Usher: like the narrator of Tell-Tale Heart, the brother and sister suffer from

"Morbid acuteness of the senses."