Flight into Fancy: Poe’s Discovery of the Right Brain

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Dr. Mark Canada, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: "Phrenology is no longer to be laughed at," Edgar Allan Poe wrote in an 1836 review of Phrenology, and the Moral Influence of Phrenology. "It is no longer laughed at by men of common understanding. It has assumed the majesty of science; and, as a science, ranks among the most important which can engage the attention of thinking beings" (Essays and Reviews 329). Poe, of course, counted himself among these "thinking beings" and continued to be engaged by phrenology, which located various "faculties" such as "amativeness" and "cautiousness" in different parts of the brain.

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Language: English
Date: 2001
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849, Authors, American, Phrenology

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