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Texts in the City: Great Short Works

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In this Texts in the City event, writer and lecturer Emmett Stinson joins Jenny Niven to discuss the many ways of reading and interpreting Edgar Allan Poe’s open-ended stories in Great Short Works.

Stinson opens by explaining why the influential figure of horror and crime fiction appeals to him as a fan. Other topics covered in the discussion include: prime examples of Poe’s use of language and consciousness, Poe’s entwinement of evil and repetition, themes of entrapment and burial, the body and illness and Poe’s pre-Freudian analytical style of dramatic monologue.

Broadening their focus, Stinson and Niven then discuss Poe’s dual role as [gothic horror writer

and satirist](\23m41s) and his conception of the relationship between art and life.

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