Below is a call for papers for a new kind of Poe conference coming next summer to Charlottesville, Virginia.
Charlottesville, Virginia • June 24-26, 2013
Sponsored by The Poe Museum of Richmond, Virginia
at the Small Special Collections Library of the University of Virginia
CALL FOR PAPERS
Poe’s reputation as a tortured, tragic figure, melancholic poet and the “master of the macabre” has fueled his popularity for over a century and a half, while debunking stereotypes and myths associated with that reputation has always been an essential part of Poe criticism. Going beyond the debunking of the popular caricature, we would like to discover the “positive” side of Poe’s life and work. Just as his life had its ups and downs, his writing, too, reflects a wide range of experience, not exclusively the dark and dismal. We therefore invite papers on a broad diversity of subjects with a focus on the life-affirming and vital elements in Poe’s work. Papers may cover (but are not limited by) such themes as:
Poe and ethics (his ideas of love, friendship, manners)
Poe and art (aesthetic ideas in literature and criticism)
Science, philosophy, Eureka
Social and family life
Literary circles, friends and followers
Success stories of Poe’s poems and tales at home and abroad.
Deadline for submission of proposals is October 31, 2012.
Please submit proposals to Alexandra Urakova at [email protected]