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American Flaneur

The Cosmic Physiognomy of Edgar Allan Poe

By James Werner

Routledge – 2004 – 200 pages

Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

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Description

American Flaneur investigates the connections between Edgar A. Poe and the nineteenth-century flaneur - or strolling urban observer - suggested in Walter Benjamin's discussion of Baudelaire. This study illustrates the centrality of the flaneur to Poe's literary aims, and uses the flaneur to illuminate Poe's intimate yet ambivalent relationship to his surrounding culture.

While James V. Werner concentrates on Poe's fiction, this book treats many areas of nineteenth-century intellectual and popular culture, including science and pseudo-science, the American magazine marketplace, urban topology, the grotesque, labyrinths, narratives of exploration and discovery, and cosmological treatises. Werner draws on Marxist, reader response and periodical theories while reconstructing Poe through examinations of ephemeral texts of the time.

Author Bio

James Werner teaches English at Queens College, and is Senior Writer for the Chancellor of the City University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. from CUNY's Graduate School and University Center. His articles appear in The Edgar Allan Poe Review, American Transcendental Quarterly, American Periodicals, and The Mid-Atlantic Almanack.

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