Poe Studies Association


The PSA sponsors panels at the yearly conferences of both the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Literature Association (ALA). CFPs for these panels are posted on this page, the conference websites, and the PSA listserv. Abstracts of upcoming and recent papers are also posted on this page. In addition to our participation in the MLA and ALA, the PSA sponsors international Poe conferences and co-sponsors conferences abroad. The former are located in the United States in cities associated with Poe and are international in the sense that they are attended by Poe scholars from around the world. The latter are co-sponsored with other author societies and located abroad.

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Poe & Hawthorne Conference

Kyoto Garden Palace Hotel—Kyoto, Japan—June 21-24, 2018

The Poe Studies Association, The Poe Society of Japan, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society of Japan invite paper and session proposals for a joint conference to be held in Kyoto, Japan on June 21-24, 2018. The 2018 Kyoto conference is the successor to the 2006 Oxford conference and the 2012 Florence conference of the Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson societies. All topics related to these two authors, together or separately, are welcome. Please send 250-word paper proposals to Philip Edward Phillips, Program Committee Chair, at Philip.Phillips@mtsu.edu by August 1, 2017. Session proposals, which may be 1,000 words, should include organizer and speaker names and affiliations, as well as paper titles and abstracts. They are also due by August 1, 2017.

Possible topics include:

Poe and/or Hawthorne and Asia
Poe and/or Hawthorne and Japan
The (Mutual) Influence of Poe and Hawthorne
Poe and/or Hawthorne, reception and reputation
Teaching Poe and/or Hawthorne
Interpreting Poe and/or Hawthorne
Poe, Hawthorne, and the visual or performing arts
Poe and/or Hawthorne and science (or pseudo-science)
The Gothic in Poe and/or Hawthorne
Allegory in Poe and/or Hawthorne
Poe and/or Hawthorne at home and/or abroad
Biographies of Poe and/or Hawthorne
Poe and/or Hawthorne and the Digital Humanities
Literary, philosophical, scientific, or cultural influences on Poe or Hawthorne
Literary influence of Poe and/or Hawthorne
Poe, Hawthorne, and literary theory
Poe, Hawthorne, and the supernatural
Poe and/or Hawthorne and race, class, gender, or sexuality
Poe and/or Hawthorne and politics
Poe and/or Hawthorne and transatlantic, transpacific, or global studies
Poe and/or Hawthorne, aesthetics and genre
Poe and/or Hawthorne in cinema or other popular media (graphic novels, television, video games, etc.)
Poe and/or Hawthorne in translation
Poe and/or Hawthorne and language

All those whose proposals are accepted for the conference must be members of one of the four sponsoring organizations to present papers or to chair sessions.

Poe Studies Association Panel at MLA 2017 
Philadelphia PA January 5-8, 2017

Title: Poe and Antebellum Writers
Chair: Amy Branam Armiento, Frostburg State University
Respondent: Barbara Cantalupo, Penn State, Lehigh Valley

Sarah Schuetze, St. Norbert College, "Dancing with Cholera: Poe and Nathaniel Parker Willis"
Edward Whitley, Lehigh University, ""Poor Poe, you know, was a Bohemian": Whitman, Poe, and the Bohemians of Antebellum New York"
Emron Esplin, Brigham Young University, "Poe, Hawthorne, and Detective Fiction as Mediated through Borges"

Poe Studies Association Conferences

International Poe Conferences
1st International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
Richmond, 1999
2nd International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
Towson, 2002
3rd (Bicentennial) International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
Philadelphia, 2009
4th International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
New York City, 2015
5th International Edgar Allan Poe Conference,
Place TBD, 2021.

Co-Sponsored Conferences
—Transatlanticism in American Literature, Oxford, England, 2006, co-sponsored by the PSA, Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.
Conversazioni in Italia, Florence, Italy, 2012, co-sponsored by the PSA, Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.
—International Poe & Hawthorne Conference, co-sponsored with the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, Kyoto, Japan, June 21-24, 2018



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