Cosmology and Natural Theology in Edgar Allan Poe's Eureka
Contrary to some literary classifications, Edgar Allan Poe’s book-length prose poem Eureka is not intended to be fiction. In Eureka Poe was seriously attempting to advance ‘truth’ about the universe. Poe was doing natural science and poetry in the tradition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and other natural philosophers. Poe’s prose poem is natural scientific astronomy and cosmology, plus natural theology, not science fiction.
poetry, science fiction, cosmology, natural philosophy, natural science, natural theology
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Word 97-2003 document, File name: Edgar Allan Poe - Cosmology and Natural Theology - [28 January 2017 revision of 5 Dec 2015 document - twalker at smu dot edu]
Title: "Edgar Allan Poe’s Cosmology and Natural Theology: A Constructive Postmodern Appreciation"
Walker, Theodore, "Edgar Allan Poe’s Cosmology and Natural Theology: A Constructive Postmodern Appreciation" (2017). Perkins Faculty Research and Special Events. 8.
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