"Cosmopolitan Poe" at 2010 ACLA April 1-4 (proposals due Nov. 13, 09)

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Emron Esplin
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I am sending out this CFP for a seminar I have organized for the upcoming convention of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) held from April 1-4, 2010 in New Orleans. ACLA's annual convention uses a seminar format in which 8-12 participants meet together for 2-3 days to share their papers. To submit a paper, go to the ACLA website at www.acla.org, click on the New Orleans, LA (2010) link under ACLA Annual Meetings, click on Propose a Paper, then fill out the proposal form and make sure that to select "Cosmopolitan Poe" in the Seminar drop box. (ACLA is currently updating the site with new seminars. "Cosmopolitan Poe" will appear in the drop box list by Saturday October 24.) The deadline for submissions is November 13.


If you are doing work on Poe from an international angle, I would enjoy receiving your submissions. Also, if you have questions about this seminar, feel free to email me directly at eesplin@kennesaw.edu. The CFP is below.


Many thanks,


Emron Esplin

Assistant Professor of English and American Studies

Kennesaw State University

 Cosmopolitan Poe Recent celebrations of Edgar Allan Poe's bicentennial from France to Japan and from Argentina to the United States remind us of his cosmopolitan presence and his ubiquitous influence. Poe's tales, poems, literary criticism, and biography have been instrumental to innumerable schools of thought in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Analyzing Poe's international connections is certainly nothing new, but as Lois Davis Vines suggests in her introduction to Poe Abroad: Influence, Reputation, Affinities, any study of Poe's influence abroad begs another study. In "Cosmopolitan Poe," we hope to map Poe's reception in various locations throughout the globe; explore his influence on or affinities with lesser known world writers, artists, and filmmakers; and dig deeper into several of Poe's better known international relationships—e.g. the French symbolists, fiction writing in Japan, and the Spanish American modernistas.  Paper topics could include:*Comparative readings of Poe alongside various world writers*Analyses of Poe translations in any language and/or comparisons of translations of Poe*Examinations of Poe's international biographies*Discussions of any of the Poe bicentennial celebrations  In short, we are interested in any piece that places Poe's work and/or his biography in comparative and/or global contexts.