THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Edgar Allan Poe Literary Criticism

The Fall of the House of Usher

A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction claiming that "the idea of the house as 'psychological space' reaches an epitome in Poe". With in-depth analysis of several excerpts from the story.

The Cask of Amontillado

An extensive analysis of the story by Elena V. Baraban of the University of Victoria exploring the motivations of the murderous protagonist, with assessments of other critical interpretations and close readings of key sections.

William Wilson

Academic article by Patrick Labriola looking at the role of the double in this short story and Hoffmann's The Devil's Elixirs, with reference to Freud's essay "The Uncanny".