Edgar Allan Poe Sessions at #NeMLA17 Baltimore, March 23-26

The Northeast Modern Language Association comes to Baltimore, one of Edgar Allan Poe’s homes, Thursday through Sunday. Below is a list of some of the sessions we have put together in examining his literature, criticism, and ongoing influence.

As well, the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum will be open during the convention.

Thanks to Susan Elizabeth Sweeney at College of the Holy Cross for compiling this list!

Friday, March 24

8:30-9:45 AM: The Pop Culture Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe

Chair: Derek McGrath, SUNY Stony Brook

“Trapped and Bedeviled’: Pop Culture Authorship and the Cult of Edgar Allan Poe”

Whitney May, Texas State University

“Poe by Corben”

Sandy Pecastaing, CCNU Central China Normal University

“A Course in the Doppelgänger: Poe’s ‘William Wilson,’ Fight Club, and Black Swan”

Nicole Lowman, SUNY University at Buffalo

1:15-2:45 PM: Teaching Poe I: His Social Commentaries, Detective, and Science Fiction (Roundtable)

Chair: Annette Magid, SUNY Erie Community College

“Teaching Usher: Poe on the Perils of Mass Culture”

Les Harrison, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Poe-dagogy: What We Learn from Poe in an American Literature Survey”

Amanda Louise Johnson, Rice University

“Poe’s Magic Trick of the Rue Morgue”

Jeffrey Savoye, The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

“Using Poe in a Writing Classroom”

Annette Magid, SUNY Erie Community College

“Postmodern Poe and the Deconstruction of Universal Concepts”

Jody Spedaliere, California University of Pennsylvania

“Teaching Poe Abroad”

Richard Kopley, Penn State DuBois

3:00-4:30 PM: Teaching Poe II: His Social Commentaries, Detective, and Science Fiction (Roundtable)

Chairs: Annette Magid, SUNY Erie Community College, and Susan Amper, Bronx Community College-CUNY

“Modern Times: Poe’s Cyborgs in the Classroom”

Stephanie Sommerfeld, Georg-August Universität

“Poe in Context: Race, Gender, and Media Surveillance”

Callie Gallo, Fordham University

“Unusual Suspects: Teaching Race and Poe’s Detective Fiction in the Composition Classroom”

Sarah Ingle, University of Virginia

“Poe, Van Dine, and the Crypto-Mystery”

Susan Amper, Bronx Community College-CUNY

“Reviving ‘Ligeia’: Gender and Poe in the College Classroom”

Sarah Dennis, St. Ambrose University

“Identity and the Gay Gothic in Drown and No Night is Too Long”

Angelo J Rodriguez, Kutztown University

“An Undergraduate Student Perspective on Teaching Poe”

Lesley Ginsberg, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

4:45-6:15 PM: Poe and Pym in Black and White

Chair: Jennifer McFarlane Harris, Xavier University

“Blackness and the Fragmented Body: Poe, Sejour, and the Dissolution of the Body Politic”

Sarah Ingle, University of Virginia

“Cannibalism, Color, and Commodification in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym”

Ian Green, City University of New York

“Mat Johnson’s Pym: Parodying America’s Commodification and Oppression of the Other”

Christopher Burlingame, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“The Confessions of Chris Jaynes: Racial Construction and the Literary Scholar in

Mat Johnson’s Pym”

Jennifer McFarlane Harris, Xavier University

Saturday, March 25, 1:30-3:00 PM: Poe and the Senses

Chair: Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, College of the Holy Cross

“Sensory Acuteness and Senselessness in Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories”

Jill Goad, Shorter University

“Touching the Indiscrete: Poe’s Liquefaction of Subject/Object Relations”

Daniel Fineman, Occidental College

“Remedial Poe: The Incorporated Body and the Limits of Media”

Jonathan Elmer, Indiana University

“Painted Tales to be Seen”

Fernando González-Moreno, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha and

Margarita Rigal-Aragón, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Sunday, March 26, 10:15 AM-12:15 PM: Poe and the City (Roundtable)

Chair: Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, College of the Holy Cross

“Poe’s Philadelphia: A Place of Opportunity”

Wesley McMasters, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“The Suburban Face of Edgar Allan Poe”

Scott Peeples, College of Charleston

“The Flâneur in London: Urban Sympathy in Poe’s ‘The Man of the Crowd”

Jared Pence, Tufts University

“Diagnosis Death: Contagion and the Self-Contained City in Poe’s ‘The Masque of the Red Death’”

Lauren Rocha, University of New Hampshire

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