Thursday, January 7, 2010

PSA CFP for ALA 2010!

The Poe Studies Association at the American Literature Association Conference San Francisco, May 27-30, 2010 is sponsoring two panels.

Poe and Reputation

Papers might address Poe’s efforts to promote and defend himself, his brushes with fame during his lifetime (e.g. “The Gold Bug” and “The Raven”), the attempts to damage and restore his good name after his death, his reception and reputation at home and abroad, and his elevation to the status of major writer and pop culture icon in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. 250 word abstracts and brief bios (three to four sentences) in MS Word to John Gruesser at by Jan. 15,, 2010.

TEACHING POE in The Digital Age

Many classes make use of some internet component, whether it’s a totally online class or a hybrid, one that’s taught through Blackboard or in a Smart classroom. This panel invites abstracts on using the Internet to teach Poe. How can use of the internet in small or big ways increase student engagement with Poe? What practical materials can be shared to show how teaching and learning ABOUT Poe can be strengthened through the use of technology?

Please send brief bios and 250 word abstracts for papers on these or any topic related to teaching Poe to Susan Amper at or by Jan. 15, 2010.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010: New American Literary Blog!

For those interested in all things in early American literature, check out the new American Literary Blog by PSA's Rob Velella! His fantastic work on his Poe calendar has become a real reference piece in the blogosphere, this blog is sure to deliver interesting and engaging posts!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Mark Your Calendars! Richard Kopley Talk January 16th!

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
532 North Seventh Street, Philadelphia
Press Release

Secrets of the Purloined Letter

For Poe’s 201st birthday, delve into “The Purloined Letter”, which Poe himself
regarded as his best tale of “ratiocination” (detective story). Join the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site for a talk by renowned Poe scholar Richard Kopley.

Richard Kopley is Professor of English at Penn State, DuBois. He is the author of The Threads of The Scarlet Letter, editor of Poe’s Pym: Critical Explorations, and, most recently, Poe and the Dupin Mysteries. Kopley is the former president and an honorary member of the Poe Studies Association.

Saturday, January 16th, 2pm
German Society Library
7th and Spring Garden Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19123

For more information call (215) 597-8780

Flyer is attached here.