I'm an Associate Professor of American Studies at Arizona State University West. I've published numerous articles on American literature, plus a monograph on Shirley Jackson. I'm finishing a monograph on James Purdy, and beginning a monograph on Paul Bowles

Book Review: Poe and the Subversion of American Literature: Satire, Fantasy, Critique by Robert T. Tally, Jr.

One of the most valuable parts of Tally’s book is its revision of genre definitions. For example, his definition of terror (a definition it would be good for others to adopt) is that terror, at least in Poe, consists not just of the unknown but the unknowable–inscrutability. Such foundational illegibility terrified transcendentalism’s romanticized Enlightenment empiricism Continue reading