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Edgar Allan Poe, revisited: The Colonial Roots of American Gothic Introduction to American Literature Professor Iannini Rutgers University October 5, 2011
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Quiz : There is a strong obsessive quality to Poe’s fiction. We might think him as a writer who composes endless variations of a single story, each centered on just a few characteristic obsessions. In your view, what is the most important characteristic or trait that each of these stories share in common? Provide some details from a few of the stories to back up your claim. Here is one suggestion: how does each of these stories touch upon the interrelated themes of premature burial, living death, and the return of the dead?
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“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” --William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun (1951)
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Manifest Destiny : A phrase which invoked the idea of divine sanction for the territorial expansion of the United States. In 1845 the prominent magazine editor John L. O'Sullivan, proclaimed "our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our multiplying millions."
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Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a
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