Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English: English Studies: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Edgar Allan Poe, Sentimental Literature, Obsession
Edgar Allan Poe’s works have withstood the test of time. Converse to the popular sentimental literature of the time, Poe’s works offer a more intimate and psychological approach. It is through the inner dialogue of his speakers and narrators that Poe challenges the emotional appeal of sentimental literature. By looking at Poe’s poetry and short stories, the common themes of obsession, paranoia, and alienation emerge. Through these themes, Poe’s works serve as cautionary tales to the incomplete nature of sentimental literature towards the full human condition.
Winters, Michelle, "Poe's Challenge to Sentimental Literature through Themes of Obsession, Paranoia, and Alienation" (2020). Culminating Projects in English. 162.