#NeMLA18: “Edgar Allan Poe and Race,” Fri Apr 13 8:30 AM

Wake up early Friday, April 13, for a dynamic set of presentations at the 49th annual meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Pittsburgh!

Special thanks to the Poe Studies Association for supporting this session.

“Edgar Allan Poe and Race” will meet at the Omni William Penn in the Three Rivers Room, 8:30 to 9:45 AM. This session will start with a look at one of Poe’s first published works, Tamerlane (the eponymous conqueror featured above), look at the representations of race in “Murders in the Rue Morgue” and Pym, and also look at some of Poe’s last publications for, of all places, an abolitionist newspaper.

Below are the titles of presentations. If you would like more information, email derek.s.mcgrath@gmail.com or tweet @dereksmcgrath.

  • “Edgar Allan Poe’s Last Publications in the Abolitionist Newspaper Flag of Our Union” Derek McGrath, SUNY University at Buffalo
  • “The Haunting Illogic of Ratiocination: The Invisibility of the Black Body in Poe’s ‘Murders'” Alex Moskowitz, Boston College
  • “Pym as Global Communicator: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” Lisa Weddell, Duquesne University

Saturday morning: I’m moderating the MLA 2018 forum “From CFP to Publication”

Learn all about developing a successful conference panel!

I will be moderating “From CFP to Publication: Developing a Successful Conference Panel” at the 2018 meeting of the Modern Language Association, Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM, in Hilton Concourse E.

This forum hosts scholars, writers, and editors from various backgrounds with significant experience in the successful planning, promotion, and execution of numerous conference panels at MLA and other major language and literature conventions.

Questions are encouraged: audience members will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas for convention panels, how to network through these panels, and how to pursue publishing opportunities. (And you can use this advice to propose your own conference sessions, such as for the 2019 meeting of the Northeast MLA in Washington, DC.)

Thanks to the Regional MLAs, especially the Northeast MLA, for assistance organizing this session. And a special thank you to the MLA Office of the Executive Director for supporting this session.

Tweet questions before or during the forum with the hashtags #S533 #MLA18 or tweet @dereksmcgrath.

Below is our set of speakers–and we look forward to meeting our audience!


  • Carine M. Mardorossian, University at Buffalo
  • Laurence D. Roth, Susquehanna University
  • Simona Wright, College of New Jersey
  • Brandi So, Stony Brook University
  • Daniela D’Eugenio, Vanderbilt University
  • Derek McGrath, University at Buffalo
  • Amanda Caleb, Misericordia University
  • Randy Laist, Goodwin College

Announcing lineup for “Teaching Anime and Manga” (NeMLA April 2018 Pittsburgh)

My colleague Stevi Grimm and I are happy to announce the lineup for our session “Teaching Anime and Manga,” scheduled for the April 2018 convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Fandom Report for Oct 26 2017: Happy Halloween!

Here are some seasonal animated shorts.

The Nightmare Before Christmas comes to Clue.

My colleague Emily Lauer writes about the 1980s comics series The Dracula File.

Yasuhiro Irie returns to a very Soul Eater aesthetic for his KickStarter.

Nerds on Earth look at the psychology of horror films. (And I’ve been teaching just a bit about it this semester.)


Fandom Report for Oct 19 2017: Have a Goku burger


More news is coming soon about JAMS Anime’s first conference panels.

Have a Goku burger.

MOB Psycho goes live action.

Frog-kun saves overpowered characters.

That symbol in the Sunrise logo has come alive.

FMA live action screens at Anime NYC November 19.

I appreciate the attempt to apply real-world biology to a fictional setting like My Hero Academia, but when the show’s science already demonstrates its rules and has shown that the science in it is not the same as ours, that is the definition of science fiction–and hence, this exercise took up time I will never get back. -_-#

If you aren’t reading Servamp, you should: with a new announcement next month, and the recent chapters having one of its few female characters taking center stage, something big is coming.


Gigantic is cancelled.

Cartoon Research looks at Basil Rathbone narrating Mr. Toad.

You couldn’t make Magica Italian? I get that “British = villain” thanks to colonization–which is accurate–but that’s cliche.

Wait, didn’t I already have that Darkwing Duck figure? (Also, it’s not “Black and White” Darkwing Duck. It’s NegaDuck I. Philistines.)


We got the Hey Arnold film trailer.

The new Voltron season is now on Netflix.

How about this: make your own McDonald’s sauce and not be a dick to employees.

Sci Fi

We got the Last Jedi trailer.

Here’s a bit of the science of Star Wars.

We got a Philip K. Dick anthology series.


Scorsese teachines online.

Netflix prices go up, Hulu prices go down.

Open Culture analyzes the art of Devo.

Have some Edgar Allan Poe food for Halloween.

Here’s a call for papers about geekdom and academia.

Yesterworld looks at how O.J. Simpson made Nickelodeon popular.

Of all things to remove from classrooms, a book about bigotry is the last one I would remove. There are certainly other books that will avoid the triggers To Kill a Mockingbird has while still communicating what that book teaches–but let’s not pretend a state like Mississippi is removing because of triggers: this decision is simply to avoid discussing persistent racism in its personal and institutional forms.

Video Games

A non-profit wants to preserve video games.

Kotaku looks at those Famicom cartridge holes.

More than 350,000 Mini Super Famicoms have been sold.


Constantine Animated is coming.

Please don’t make Runaways too ABC Family-esque.

Here’s some old info about the use of dots in coloring comics.

The bucket of “bad drawings of female superheroes” never runs low.

Ahead of the Netflix adaptation, The Daily Dot looks at the essential reading for The Punisher.

Speaking of The Punisher and horrifying violence…

Piss Off, Republicans

Removing marketing around The Punisher on Netflix is the right thing to do, Disney. You know what would be better? If you hadn’t given donations to members of Congress, especially Republicans, who remove gun protections and our health care so that we can get killed more easily by these under-regulated weapons. And maybe don’t have your heads of Disney and Marvel working for one of those Republicans who advocated the kind of violence that took place in Las Vegas. And if you don’t think that buffoon advocated the kind of violence that took place in Las Vegas–remember he repeatedly made death threats against Clinton and other people.

And while I’m on the subject of violent men…

Predatory behavior by men persists in Hollywood and multiple workplaces. It demands forceful, clear, and direct condemnation. It also demands men, where comfortable, to share their own experiences repeatedly and, when people, especially women, discuss such violence done onto them, to listen.

And how are any of us, especially women, to discuss our confrontations with sexual violence when platforms like Twitter punish us for speaking out and reward men for their violence and in fact are aiding rapists and sexual assaulters in spreading more violence?

So maybe if you agree that rape and sexual assault are abhorrent, you can start by voting out the party that elected a man who bragged about committing sexual assault.

Maybe you can boycott social media platforms that love to promote violent men.

But that would require you to take responsibility for your vote, your businesses, and your lives–and you who spent last year bashing Clinton can’t be bothered with that.

So sit down and be silent.

You people elected a fascist who wants to suppress the First Amendment rights of individuals who work in sports and journalism–so damn you forever, you evil, monstrous Republicans and all of their collaborators.

UPDATE: Session withdrawn, “New Approaches about F. Scott Fitzgerald”

Update: This session was withdrawn by the Northeast Modern Language Association. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

I want to thank contributors and everyone who promoted the CFP. And I hope NeMLA 2018 attendees enjoy the opening night discussion with Stewart O’Nan about his book West of Sunset, a biofic about Fitzgerald’s time in California.