Abstract

Abstract:

This paper takes actual student typos as a way to re-engage with Poe’s story. To purloin a line from the author, the typo is “suggestive of a design to delude the beholder into an idea of the worthlessness of the document.” I turn to these errors, however, not in jest and not to argue that they are intellectually “below” the manner of reading of which we “scholars” partake, but to take them honestly, because, though unsuspecting and unsuspected, they allow for the possibility of radical novelty, changing the terms themselves of debate and introducing unforeseen engagements with a work of art. Following a slight detour through “behavioral economics” and a reimagining of a previous critical debate surrounding the story, I propose a radically different understanding of the ending.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9595
Print ISSN
0004-1610
Pages
pp. 1-24
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-23
Open Access
No
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