Edgar Allan Poe and His Detective Fictions

Wenru XU


Edgar Allan Poe is the originator of the modern detective fictions. His detective fictions, only five, but were translated into many different languages. As a poet with aesthetic tendencies, he uses horror and thriller to cause readers’ aesthetic pleasure and tries to blend aesthetic appeal to popular culture in an experimental writing style which has a significant impact on the later Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie’s detective fictions. In the background of theoretical prosperity, Poe’s detective fictions have aroused many critics’ attention from new criticism to psychoanalysis, poststructuralism and other perspectives.



Edgar Allan Poe; Detective fiction; Writing style; Aesthetic appeal

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2F3786


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