By Michael J. S. Williams

"A global of phrases" bargains a brand new examine the measure to which language itself is a subject of Poe's texts. Stressing the methods his fiction displays at the nature of its personal signifying practices, Williams sheds new gentle on such matters as Poe's characterization of the connection among writer and reader as a fight for authority, on his information of the displacement of an "authorial writing self"; through a "self because it is written"; and on his debunking of the redemptive homes of the romantic image.

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The same conventional phrases are repeated-"prodigies of valor," "terrible wretches," and (giving the lie to itself) "This is a wonderfully inventive age ! "-in what we might call a mechanical process of image production. The fragmentation of the General is also a literalization of his fate in the narrator's description of him. The temporality of language pre- 24 A World of Words vents any simultaneous apprehension of wholes; he must be described piece by piece. In fact, his condition literalizes the fate of all assumed independent unified identities in Poe's fiction as narrators strive to recuperate them in language that necessarily marks their dis-unity.

T" the narrator of "The Imp of the Perverse" (1845) attacks those "intellectual" and "logical" investigations of the self-phrenology is his main example-which, through the "arrogance of ... reason" have overlooked one "radical, primitive, irreducible sentiment" in man (TS 1219). He repeatedly emphasizes that this impulse is "radical," "primitive," and "elementary," and that it does not "admit of analysis, or resolution into ulterior elements" (TS 1221); moreover, it is self-originating-"a mobile without motive, a motive not motivirt" (TS 1220).

TS 235; emphasis mine). Thus the coherence of his conscious self-reflection is violated by subconscious forces that his Lockean definition attempts but fails to exclude from the self. Moreover, as Martin Bickman has shown, Morella herself can be read as having "her ultimate origin in the narrator's own psyche,"22 and whether we follow Bickman's Jungian reading or a Freudian reading, Morella's return as a return of the repressed clearly operates as a fundamental critique of the narrator's concept of the self.

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