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={Susan Elizabeth Sweeney},
  journal={Poe Studies},
  pages={17 - 3}

Urban Spectacle and Spectatorship in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd”

  • Ya-Ju Yeh
  • Art
    Journal of Literature and Art Studies
  • 2019
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Man of the Crowd” delineates metropolitan visual experiences that relate to urban scenery and people. The anonymous first-person narrator, preoccupied with the

Death, Decay, and the Daguerreotype's Influence on "The Black Cat"

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This thesis examines looking in literary and filmic representations to discover its aims and capacities beyond the conventional interpretations of the act as voyeurism.

The Pleasure of Losing One’s Way: Adapting Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd”

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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 relevancia

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 was



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