English Literature
5 | 2018

English Literature
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English Literature | 5 | 2018

Narrative Suspense in Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock

Elaine Indrusiak
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
elaine.indrusiak@ufrgs.br

DOI 10.30687/EL/2420-823X/2018/05/003

Submitted 01 Oct 2018
Accepted 13 Dec 2018

Abstract

This article explores the construction of narrative suspense in Edgar Allan Poe’s and Alfred Hitchcock’s works. Central to their creations is a dual narrative structure that builds tension by articulating two stories in one. Narratological analyses of Poe’s tales and of Hitchcock’s thrillers indicate that their suspense does not stem from gothic topoi, but from plots skilfully wrought to manipulate the readers/viewers’ attention. The first part of the article introduces the concept of narrative suspense. Next, structural principles defended by Poe and Hitchcock are presented. The last two parts discuss narrative techniques in the works by both authors. Given the authors’ influence within their respective media, the analysis has implications for studies of the short story and of the suspense thriller as a narrative genre.

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Edgar Allan Poe. Alfred Hitchcock. Narrative suspense. Short story. Gothic stories.

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Indrusiak Elaine

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Narrative Suspense in Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock

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Journal Article

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en

dc.identifier.uri

http://doi.org/10.14277/EL/2420-823X/2018/05/003

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This article explores the construction of narrative suspense in Edgar Allan Poe’s and Alfred Hitchcock’s works. Central to their creations is a dual narrative structure that builds tension by articulating two stories in one. Narratological analyses of Poe’s tales and of Hitchcock’s thrillers indicate that their suspense does not stem from gothic topoi, but from plots skilfully wrought to manipulate the readers/viewers’ attention. The first part of the article introduces the concept of narrative suspense. Next, structural principles defended by Poe and Hitchcock are presented. The last two parts discuss narrative techniques in the works by both authors. Given the authors’ influence within their respective media, the analysis has implications for studies of the short story and of the suspense thriller as a narrative genre.

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English Literature

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Vol. 5 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-12-17

dc.dateAccepted

2018-10-01

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2018-12-13

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2385-1635

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2420-823X

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Edgar Allan Poe

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Alfred Hitchcock

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Narrative suspense

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Short story

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Gothic stories

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