The Magnifying Glass: Spectacular Distance in Poe’s “Man of the Crowd” and Beyond

  title={The Magnifying Glass: Spectacular Distance in Poe’s “Man of the Crowd” and Beyond},
  author={S. Sweeney},
  journal={Poe Studies},
  pages={17 - 3}
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Walking with Poe: “The Man of the Crowd” from Text to Street
This chapter considers the contemporary artistic legacy of a prominent figure of urban modernity: the flâneur, who has enjoyed an impressive posterity in cultural theory. This chapter makes the claimExpand
“The Man of the Crowd” is one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most perplexing short stories. Walter Benjamin finds it an “X-ray of a detective story. In it, the drapery represented by the crime has disappeared.Expand
Poe, the Portrait, and the Daguerreotype: Poe’s Living Dead and the Visual Arts
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Looking and Aesthetics: Beyond literary representations of Voyeurism
This thesis examines looking in literary and filmic representations to discover its aims and capacities beyond the conventional interpretations of the act as voyeurism.
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El siglo XIX dio lugar a nuevas formas de subjetividad metropolitana que tuvieron en el cuento "El hombre de la multitud", de Edgar Allan Poe, un tratamiento excepcional. Es innegable la relevanciaExpand
The Pleasure of Losing One’s Way: Adapting Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd”
The fact that Edgar Allan Poe’s life and work remain a popular source text for adaptation is well established. Any search of a movie database like IMDB or a simple Wikipedia search using “Poe” andExpand
Edgar Allan Poe's Fear of Texts: "The Man of the Crowd" as Literary Monster
Poe introduces his story "The Man of the Crowd" with two epigrams in three languages: "Ce grand malheur, de nepouvoir etre seul" [Such a great misfortune, not to be able to be alone] (1) and "It wasExpand


The Detective Gaze: Edgar A. Poe, the Flaneur, and the Physiognomy of Crime
Among the many achievements in the short and difficult life of Edgar A. Poe was the creation of the detective tale as a popular literary genre. The extraordinary feats of ratiocination performed byExpand
Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science
1. The devices of truth Part I. Tell-Tale Hearts: 2. The lie detector and the thinking machine 3. The unequal voice in 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' 4. The letter of the law in The Woman in WhiteExpand
Detecting Texts: The Metaphysical Detective Story from Poe to Postmodernism
Although readers of detective fiction ordinarily expect to learn the mystery's solution at the end, there is another kind of detective story -- whose history encompasses writers as diverse as Poe,Expand
Edgar Allan Poe and the Masses: The Political Economy of Literature in Antebellum America
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The Panorama: History of a Mass Medium
The significance of panorama painting in the nineteenth century is frequently cited in contemporary debates about visuality and the emergence of the modern spectator. Stephan Oettermann's TheExpand
The American face of Edgar Allan Poe
The contributors to this volume share the conviction that Poe is central to current work on American culture - that strictly theoretical approaches to Poe have become increasingly irrelevant. AimingExpand
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