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Erich W. Sippel
Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314)

Edgar Allan Poe and the Psychology and Rhetoric of Religious Autobiography

To study spiritual autobiographies written in America between 1800-1850 as well as works on rhetoric and logic. Poe's work exhibits a systematic exploration of states of consciousness that can be called religious, he also stressed rationality and logic. By examining how spiritual accounts use the principles of rhetoric and logic, a new perspective on the combination of poet and logician in Poe's sensibility will be shown.

Project fields:
American Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1976 – 8/31/1976