By Sebastian Langner
In distinction to the recent Criticism-school that were winning till the Nineteen Forties, and observed the textual content on my own because the sole foundation for literary feedback, Fiedler attempts to include biographical info at the writer and insights in his sociocultural atmosphere into his analysis.
Surprisingly, his exam of Edgar Allan Poe's oeuvre seems as curtly because it is simplifying. He stylizes Poe because the darkish facet of the yank dream, a depressed and miserable madman, incarnating his fantasies into tales of doubtful advantage. Being an ardent opponent of the hot Criticism-school, Fiedler can't support yet relate the alternative of Poe's topics and characters exclusively to the writer himself, declaring that “in Poe the incest topic belongs to the non-public global of his personal tortured psyche […].” For Fiedler, “The ordinary syndrome of kid -love, necrophilia, and incest in Poe is simply too own and pathological to shed a lot gentle at the basic which means of the latter subject matter in American literature and life.”4 rather than treating Poe as a singularity worthy extra research, he dismisses the author's paintings because the questionable fancies of a mentally deranged.
But the undeniable recurrence of the above-mentioned issues in Poe's paintings begs the query: Is Leslie Fiedler correct? Are Poe's pathological characters to be pointed out with the writer and his personal “tortured psyche”?
To resolution that question, and doubtless to rebut Fiedler's idea would be the objective of this paper.
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Are Edgar Allan Poe's pathological characters to be identified with the authors own “tortured psyche”? by Sebastian Langner