The Ethical Aspect of Disease: Poe’s “Morella” and Life Pei-yun Chen zh_tw 2022-05-16T08:01:14Z 2022-05-16T08:01:14Z 2018-03-??
dc.description.abstract Edgar Allan Poe’s obsession with the morbid and the death of beautiful women not only serves as the embodiment of the sources of melancholy, but also functions as the embodiment of the beautiful. Readings of Poe’s terror tales commonly emphasize the beauty that is beyond the realms of ordinary life and even human perception. These readings constitute what I call aesthetic readings of Poe’s works. This paper attempts to develop an alternative reading of Poe, which involves the ethical aspect of disease and the notion of life. I argue that many of Poe’s readers, however impressive their readings may be, understand “disease” in a negative way and hence might overlook the insights within Poe’s tales. While aesthetic readings celebrate Poe’s dark, destructive, morbid, and even nihilist style, an ethical reading of Poe intends to illustrate that disease can “liberate” an individual through the “transmutation of values” and leads to the affirmation of life. Life, in this sense, refers not to a particular individual life, but to that which is never completely specified and always indefinite. The tale “Morella” depicts a return to life—but that which returns is difference instead of identity, and that which returns brings a new mode ofliving. This new mode of living requires people to know life as such differently, to know what is in oneself as more-than-individual, to actively engage with vitality, and to eventually realize that life is impersonal and indefinite. en_US
dc.identifier 3CD8D475-A887-FE95-6D58-98438510155B
dc.language 英文
dc.publisher 英語學系 zh_tw
dc.publisher Department of English, NTNU en_US
dc.relation 44(1),41-60
dc.relation.ispartof 同心圓:文學與文化研究 zh_tw
dc.subject.other Poe en_US
dc.subject.other “Morella en_US
dc.subject.other ” Deleuze en_US
dc.subject.other life en_US
dc.subject.other disease en_US
dc.subject.other Nietzsche en_US
dc.title The Ethical Aspect of Disease: Poe’s “Morella” and Life zh-tw
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