Edgar Allan Poe's Legacy
Course Instructor: Dr. Gordon Grice is the author of The Red Hourglass (Delta, 1999), The Book of Deadly Animals (Penguin, 2011), and Shark Attacks (National Geographic Books, 2012). His articles on wildlife and forensic science have appeared in The New Yorker, Discover, Harper's and other magazines. Since joining the University of St. Thomas faculty in 2001, he has taught courses on Poe, classic ghost stories, nature writing, and creative writing.
Course Information: Wednesdays, September 12-October 24, 2012, 1:00-3:00 p.m., University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus, Terrence Murphy Hall, Room 260 (Thornton Auditorium)
Course Description: Edgar Allan Poe has been called the most influential of all American writers. He invented or refined a dazzling array of techniques and genres: the short story, detective fiction, symbolism, science fiction, and more. This series explores his achievements and traces his lasting influence on literature and popular culture. If you'd like to preview some of the Poe works Dr. Grice will be referencing in the class, you may wish to read these stories (many of which are available to read on-line at this link: http://archive.org/details/worksofedgaralla02poeeuoft): Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar; Murders in the Rue Morgue; The Black Cat; The Fall of the House of Usher; The Pit and the Pendulum; The Cask of Amontillado; The Masque of the Red Death; The Imp of the Perverse; and The Tell-Tale Heart.
Registration fee for the series: $70.00 per person
Link to registration form: Fall 2012 Registration Form
Link to campus map: Minneapolis Campus Map
Detailed Course Syllabus (subject to change)
Don't Trust Anybody
Poe and the unreliable narrator. Point of view and modern fiction.
On Horror's Head
The short story and its singular effect. Poe's horrifying techniques.
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Out of the Castle and into the Home
Poe's realism and the veridical tale.
Science and Psychology
Putting the science into fiction. Poe's psychology and symbolism.
The Mystery Lingers after the Solution is Forgotten
The invention of the detective - in literature and in life.
The Nature of Poe
Poe on nature, poetry, and prose.