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Edgar Allan Poe died on the road in 1849 in desperate straits. But Poe’s life and works have become familiar across the globe, part of the cultural DNA.
His short fiction influenced key developments in literature—the detective story, gothic horror, science fiction—but he has been even more influential in other media—visual art, illustration, film, graphic novels, comics, animation, and music. He was an author who became an icon, and ultimately a kind of brand.
This class will approach Poe’s work and influence to uncover what it was that made his work so compelling to artists and producers in media other than his own. Each class will look at two to three works by Poe, but also at avatars and remakes. Along the way we’ll consider art by Manet, Redon, Clarke, and Magritte; music by Debussy, Glass, and Tristano; films by Ulmer, Epstein, and Corman; an extraordinary animation from 1953 featuring voiceover from James Mason; and the immortal “Squeaky Boots” episode from SpongeBob SquarePants.
FACE: Poe’s face: the Ultima Thule photograph, Sargeant Pepper’s and Etsy;
“The Raven” (“The Philosophy of Composition”): Manet, Le Corbeau (1875)
“The Man of the Crowd”: Magritte, La Reproduction Interdite (1937)
BOX 1: “The Tell-Tale Heart” (“Berenice,” “Premature Burial”): Redon, Clarke, Breccia,
BOX 2: “The Black Cat” (“The Imp of the Perverse”): Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat
(1934) EC Comics (1951)
WIND: “The Fall of the House of Usher” (“Ligeia,” “The Oval Portrait”):
Claude Debussy, Jean Epstein’s La Chute de la Maison Usher (1928),
Roger Corman, Fall of the House of Usher (1960)
Anthony Costanzo, music video
NOISE: “Descent into the Maelstrom” (“The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”):
Phillip Glass, Descent Into the Maelstrom (1980)
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Indiana University Professor of English and Director of the University’s College Arts and Humanities Institute, Jonathan Elmer was trained as a specialist in American literature and culture and has written about Jefferson, Cooper, Poe, Melville, Bierce, Wright, and Vonnegut. He has conducted explorations of writers from Aphra Behn, William Godwin, and Mary Shelley to popular works including The Big Lebowski and The Silence of the Lambs.
He was also a founding member of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies and, between 2015 and 2017, served as Arti ...
He was also a founding member of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies and, between 2015 and 2017, served as Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, the oldest and longest-running festival of ideas in the United States. Professor Elmer is currently Principal Investigator, along with Ed Comentale, of Platform: an arts and humanities research laboratory, a multi-year initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation and Indiana University’s Office of the Provost.
Professor Elmer is also the author of Reading at the Social Limit: Affect, Mass Culture, and Edgar Allan Poe (Stanford UP 1995), and soon to be published, Graphic and Atmospheric: What Poe’s Afterlives Tell Us About Aesthetics in a Multimedia World.
Edgar Allan Poe: Author, Icon, Brand
The New Political Economy: America and Global Power