An Analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket’

English / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This paper is an in-depth analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s novel, `Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket`.

This paper examines some of the contributions of Edgar Allan Poe’s only novel, “Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”. It examines in particular the ways in which Poe approaches the foreign and the different, in this work as well as adjacent works. It analyzes the introduction of the strong and sometimes hidden elements of horror in Poe’s works.
`The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) is the only novel written by Edgar Allan Poe, and yet despite this singularity it is in fundamental ways connected to the rest of his body of work as well as to other important works of 19th century American fiction. This paper examines some of the contributions of this novel, examining in particular the ways in which Poe approaches the foreign and the different a concept that was in many ways (some explicit, some deeply encoded) a proxy for race in both the work in question and that of other works adjacent in time and theme to Poe’s novel, especially that of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851).`


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