The Sublime World in “A Descent into the Maelström”


  • yuheng wang Beijing No.101 Middle School
  • Airong Yang Beijing No. 101 Middle School



Edgar Allan Poe; anthropocentrism; posthumanism; repetition; science


The shocking shipwreck discovery in “A Descent into the Maelström” elicits disparate responses from the public. The fisherman’s cohorts completely deny the incredible occurrence to mollify their consternation. In contrast, the fisherman witnesses the sublime spectacle and chooses to repeat the story to different audiences so that he might build a psychological mastery over the paralyzing event. In fact, their differing attitudes piece together an integrated picture of anthropocentrism: either to deny its existence to safeguard the cloistered anthropocentrism or to imagine a hallucinated mastery to gratify anthropocentric vanity. The general narrator goes beyond anthropocentrism and presents a posthumanist view of the issue. A descent from anthropocentrism into posthumanism enables human beings to have a panoramic view of their appropriate position in the world.


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Author Biographies

yuheng wang, Beijing No.101 Middle School

Yuheng Wang is currently a 17-year-old high school junior enrolled in the AP program at Beijing No.101 Middle School. His main passions are economics, psychology, literature. He has a keen interest in percussion, basketball and research.

Class 21 of the 11th Grade,

International Division,

Beijing No. 101 Middle School,

Yiheyuan Rd.11, Haidian District,

Bejing, PR of China.

Airong Yang, Beijing No. 101 Middle School


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How to Cite

wang, yuheng, & Yang, A. (2022). The Sublime World in “A Descent into the Maelström”. Journal of Student Research, 11(2).



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