Nice job again today pulling together so many ethical and narrative strands of The Road in our last dicussion. On Monday we’ll look at our last piece of short fiction for the semester, Edgar Allan Poe’s “William Wilson.” Poe’s story thinks through a different kind of Other than anything we’ve looked at so far this semester — one that seems strangely like the self…
So for this blog post, you should focus in on and analyze some specific passage of the story as a way of thinking about the larger issues raised by the doubling that’s at the heart of this story: what does it mean to have a double — both for this specific narrator and more broadly? What’s particularly significant about this kind of double? What questions does this dynamic raise for us as readers — what do we have to think about when we confront such a double, both in terms of this particular text and in terms of larger issues of identity, presence, embodiment, humanness?
Reminder: your response should go in the comments section for this post — click the “Leave a Comment” link at the top of the post. It should be at least 250 words, and is due by midnight on Sunday, November 20th. If you have any questions, let me know via email.