"Teaching Poe's Poetry" (ALA in Washington, D.C./ May 22-25, 2014)
For Emerson, Poe the poet was a "jingle man," a writer of lachrymose lyrics, but Baudelaire and the Symbolists venerated Poe, whom they considered a model of poetic excellence. Eliciting divergent responses during the nineteenth century, Poe's verse continues to frustrate and to intrigue readers in our time. Such divergences present opportunities for teachers, who can choose from a wide range of approaches as they introduce the poetry of Poe to students. For this panel, which will feature papers about pedagogical matters, the Poe Studies Association solicits proposals. Possible topics include Poe and the lyric in nineteenth-century America; Poe's poems as primary texts for theory classes; Poe as a poet in and/or against the Romantic grain; madness as discursive formation in Poe's poems of grief; visions of apocalypse in the poetry of Poe and his contemporaries; Poe and prosody; othering in the poems of Poe; and Poe's poetry in the world of antebellum print culture. Other topics are, of course, welcome.
To submit a proposal, send a title and an abstract of no more than 350 words to Travis Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read "PSA panel 2014." The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014.