Studies in American Writers: Edgar Allan Poe

Course Number: ENGL 132EP
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 132AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2014
Instructor: Gilmore, Timothy
Day(s): MW
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Location: GIRV 1115
Description:

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most important and inventive of 19th-century American authors. He was a master of the short story, a consummate poet, and a trenchant literary critic. His work helped create the genres of the detective story and science fiction, while remaking the Gothic tradition into modern horror. The course will read a wide selection of his works of poetry, fiction, and criticism, while also looking at select essays exemplary of the secondary scholarly literature. More than just a writer of the macabre and bizarre, Poe’s work offers us valuable insight into human psychology, affect, and the ecological.