Edgar Allan Poe's Legacy

Course InstructorDr. 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)

September 12

Don't Trust Anybody

Poe and the unreliable narrator.  Point of view and modern fiction.

September 19

On Horror's Head

The short story and its singular effect.  Poe's horrifying techniques.

September 26 No Class
October 3

Out of the Castle and into the Home

Poe's realism and the veridical tale.

October 10

Science and Psychology

Putting the science into fiction.  Poe's psychology and symbolism.

October 17

The Mystery Lingers after the Solution is Forgotten

The invention of the detective - in literature and in life.

October 24

The Nature of Poe

Poe on nature, poetry, and prose.