Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Scientific discourse in the works of Edgar Allan Poe

Joan Ferrús


The birth of science fiction takes place along the 19th century, following the progressive settlement of scientific discourse. This allows the development of the novum, a concept established by Suvin. According to this concept, those elements alien to the expectations of reality shared by writer and reader are validated by the scientific discourse, and therefore become plausible. Even though Edgar Allan Poe uses certain motives that will afterwards configure science fiction, his distrust for scientific discourse does not allow us to consider him a pioneer in the genre. In his texts he proposes a synthesis between Reason and Imagination inspired by Pascal, and recurrently satirizes the gullibility of those that accept as true any event that poorly resembles scientism.

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