Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture [October 15,2010]

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Carl Sederholm and Dennis Perry

We invite contributors to submit proposals for a volume of essays on the wide range of media in which Poe texts have been adapted: feature films, television, radio, and stage dramas, music, comics and graphic novels, children's books, etc. As we have just marked Poe's 200th birthday, including the many celebrations, academic conferences, and theatrical performances, it seems a particularly appropriate moment to assess in some detail Poe's continuing legacy as a source of new art through adaptation. Well over 100 films have been produced since 1908, including near 20 just since 2000! Theatrical adaptations, including plays, musicals, puppet theaters, productions for children, and one-man shows also got a boost in the new millennium. Poe's ongoing presence in comics, children's books, and various forms of classical and popular musical forms—including music videos—continually demand reassessment. In addition, the current availability of these various adaptations through YouTube, as well as used and new DVDs and books from internet sales and auction sites, make it more feasible than ever before to access as well as assess Poe's legacy.
Please submit a 300-word abstract by October 15, 2010. These should be sent electronically to Dennis R. Perry at or to Carl H. Sederholm at You will receive notifications of acceptance on or before December 31, 2010. If your proposal is accepted for publication you will be asked to submit the full essay before June 15, 2011. The final paper should be 4000-5000 words long and should not have been previously published. All articles will be peer-reviewed for final acceptance before publication. Direct inquiries to Dennis R. Perry of Carl H. Sederholm.