Abstract

Abstract:

This article is centered on Edgar Allan Poe’s polemic against didacticism in literature as emblematic of the author’s trajectory in a still inchoate but emerging American literary field. Drawing on a Bourdieusian theoretical framework and testing it against the antebellum US literary scene, it argues that, at a time when the market economy was becoming preeminent, this polemic is symptomatic of Poe’s attempt to envisage a new principle, a new nomos for literary writing, which neither opposes, nor subscribes to, the market, but rather seeks to aestheticize its rules—to turn the laws of the market into the very rules of art itself.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9595
Print ISSN
0004-1610
Pages
pp. 89-112
Launched on MUSE
2018-06-05
Open Access
No
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