Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Manifesto

From: Tribe (
Date: 27 Oct 2005

On 10/27/05, Michael Robison wrote:
> I read Stansberry's Noir Manifesto. I agreed with
> about half of it. Some of his comments were just
> totally beyond me. I didn't see the supernatural as a
> significant element in Poe's "Murder in the Rue
> Morgue" or "The Death of Marie Roget".

I don't think that Stansberry sees "the supernatural as a significant element" in Poe's detective fiction. The way I interpret it is that Poe sees the rational method of crime-solving as just another manifestation of the supernatural, according to Stansberry "process and logic-indeed the act of analysis itself-are ultimately viewed as further manifestations of the supernatural."

Which I find to be very interesting inasmuch as logic would appear, at first glance, to be something of the opposite of the supernatural. Stansberry seems to think that logic is instead removed a matter of degrees from the supernatural.


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