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Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd”

  • Antoine Dechêne
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Abstract

A book dedicated to the metacognitive mystery tale could not exist without a detailed analysis of one of the most (if not the most) important stories in the history of the genre. Based on Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd,” this chapter seeks to establish a chronotope of the metacognitive mystery tale by examining the urban environment in which such narratives take place. I especially focus on the figure of the flâneur described by Baudelaire and Benjamin, moving from Paris to London and New York, before addressing, in the next chapters, two paragons of postmodern literature, allegedly one of its initiators and one of its closing figures: Borges and Auster.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Dechêne
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  1. 1.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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