Theoretical Framework And Methodology, By Edgar Allan Poe
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My aim in this project is to explore the secrecy—often identified with otherness—that many critics have perceived in literary works. However, as J. Hillis Miller says, literary studies has tried to cover this uniqueness of the literary text. Thus, I would like to underline it, following the ideas that some critics have offered. To illustrate my thesis, I have analyzed a total of four short stories, two of them written by Alice Munro and the other two written by Edgar Allan Poe, in which I have pointed out and discussed some of the main secrets.
Section two of this project, “Theoretical Framework and Methodology,” offers an overview of the main ideas that some literary critics have presented in their works related to the topic of literary secrecy. These critics are Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle, which consider literature as a synonym of secret due to the fact that they see the narration as a progressive revelation of secrets. This stimulates the readerʼs curiosity to keep reading to unfold the secrets. Furthermore, they believe that the narrator is one of the main secretive figures in a story as s/he seems to be knower of all secrets. Another significant thing to point is their distinction between two kinds of literary secrets: secrets that are hidden and finally shown and secrets which are undiscoverable. I also pay attention to Matei Calinescu, who argues that literary stories are double coded with the aim of attracting a sophisticated audience which