In addition to many great Romantic texts, the mid-nineteenth century saw the rise of literary criticism. Consider Poe and Melville’s critical essays. What do they think makes a good story? How do their stories “The Fall of the House of Usher,” The Black Cat,” and “Bartleby, the Scrivener” hold up under their own criteria? What makes literary criticism like this significant to the study of literature as an academic discipline?
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