Professor of English and Comparative Literature
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
National Humanities Center Fellow
About the SeminarIf you have borne a thousand injuries as best you could and would like to avenge them through some close reading, join us in studying this popular Poe story, a Common Core exemplar text. We will probe its inmost recesses and along the way examine its context and the appeal of the Gothic. Grab a pipe of Amontillado, if you can find it; otherwise a bottle of Medoc will do. Take this flambeau, follow us, and watch out for the nitre. You needn’t worry about a trowel.
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- Edgar Allan Poe Biographical Timelineand Notes on "The Cask of Amontillado."
- "The Cask of Amontillado," by Edgar Allan Poe.
- American Gothic Fiction: An Introduction, (excerpt) by Allan Lloyd-Smith.
- Beneath the American Renaissance, (excerpt) by David S. Reynolds.
Audio recording, "The Cask of Amontillado." Listen online or download for later use.