Twice-Told Traumas: Whatever Happened to Mary Rogers or Poe's Revenge on Life
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In 2006, the American scholar and writer Daniel Stashower published The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe and the Invention of Murder. In this post-modem work, which can be described as a mixture of historical and detective narration, Stashower intercalates the investigation of Mary Rogers' murder and Edgar Allan Poe's simultaneous fictionalisation of the actual events in his tale 'The Mystery of Mane Rogêt". Even if Poe boasted he had managed to solve the case, updated information published in the press of the time menaced to defeat him as a master of detection, since Dupin's thesis seemed to be wrong in the light of new discoveries. Poe thus faced a traumatic situation that may have cost him his reputation as a renowned tale-teller. Nonetheless, he managed to escape fatalism through rewriting some sections of the tale. This article aims at taking Stashower's post-modem account as a point of departure to reinterpret Poe's tale "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt" as a textual source for trauma and for restoration of his creative distress as a writer, thus unravelling the traumatic discourse hidden in Poe' s tale through a postmodern perspective.
Is part ofES Review. Spanish Journal of English Studies, 2011, núm. 32, p. 203-224
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