By Sebastian Langner
In distinction to the recent Criticism-school that were triumphing until eventually the Nineteen Forties, and observed the textual content by myself because the sole foundation for literary feedback, Fiedler attempts to include biographical info at the writer and insights in his sociocultural setting into his analysis.
Surprisingly, his exam of Edgar Allan Poe's oeuvre seems as curtly because it is simplifying. He stylizes Poe because the darkish aspect of the yank dream, a depressed and miserable madman, incarnating his fantasies into tales of doubtful benefit. Being an ardent opponent of the recent Criticism-school, Fiedler can't aid yet relate the alternative of Poe's subject matters and characters completely to the writer himself, mentioning that “in Poe the incest subject belongs to the personal global of his personal tortured psyche […].” For Fiedler, “The unusual syndrome of kid -love, necrophilia, and incest in Poe is simply too own and pathological to shed a lot gentle at the common which means of the latter topic in American literature and life.”4 rather than treating Poe as a singularity worthy extra research, he dismisses the author's paintings because the questionable fancies of a mentally deranged.
But the undeniable recurrence of the above-mentioned issues in Poe's paintings begs the query: Is Leslie Fiedler correct? Are Poe's pathological characters to be pointed out with the writer and his personal “tortured psyche”?
To resolution that question, and doubtless to rebut Fiedler's thought stands out as the target of this paper.
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