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Poe in Love: Pedophilia, Morbidity, and the Logic of Slavery
Abstract

This essay takes up the disturbances of intimacy in the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Attempting to bridge historicist and psychoanalytic accounts of Poe--accounts that that address race and sex, respectively? I examine Poe's monstrous re-animate women as projections of an acute anxiety about the uncertain aliveness of the slave, and show how Poe's drive to sequester a racialized corporeal turbulence in the bodies of women means, in turn, that only little girls (not yet burdened with the depredations of adult femininity) appear to him as suitably unthreatening objects for intimate, sexual investment.