Edgar Allan Poe's Contributions Of Psychology In Gothic Literature

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feeling : The word ʻ heimlich ’ is not unambiguous , but belongs to two sets of idea ,which, without being contradictory , are yet very different: on the one hand it means what is familiar and agreeable , and on the other, what is concealed and kept out of sight … everything is unheimlich that out to have remained secret and hidden out has come to out . 57 When speaking about psychology in gothic literature, it is essential to mention Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) , the American innovative gothic writer of the nineteenth century. Poe’s contribution to the gothic genre is majestic. His internal analysis of the psychology of fear in his characters in The Fall of the House of Users (1839); The Black Cat (1843) and others narratives, opened out the gothic to the exploration of mental collapse . Poe was interested in madness, detective stories, and has perceived themes like death and decay.58 A new innovation to the gothic that appears in the mid-nineteenth century is the Sensation novels. Sensation mode is derived from Radcliffean style of evoking terror , suspense, and mystery. It is regarded as a sub- genre of the gothic . Sensational novel deals mainly with senses. It is called so, because it makes the readers feel intense senses: fear, horror, excitement, suspense and anxiety. It deals with themes like adultery, kidnapping, seduction, insanity and death . Sensation novel examine the implicit fears and anxieties in a radically changing world. It is regarded as a reaction
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