CFP: [American] Violence, Pain, and Trauma in Poe: Proposals invited for a conference session/thematic journal issue

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Jana Argersinger and Scott Peeples
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The editors of Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation, Scott Peeples
and Jana Argersinger, are planning a potential conference panel and
subsequent thematic issue on the subject of violence, pain, and trauma.
Poe's violence is often so stylized that critics tend not to take it
seriously as violence. Instead, we recognize the satire in the abuse
suffered by the narrator of "Loss of Breath" and the decapitation of
Psyche Zenobia, and we contemplate the symbolic meaning of Rowena's torture
in "Ligeia" and Madeline's premature burial in "The Fall of the House of
Usher." But given the fact that violence is pervasive in Poe's tales and
poems, should we not also consider what his work implies about the nature
of physical cruelty, of suffering and anguish? How might recent research
on trauma as well as its representation and literature inform a
reconsideration of violence and pain in Poe? What might we find in Poe's
work that illuminates these dark strains in broader historical and cultural

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS: Submit by 31 December 2008 to be considered for the
editors' proposed session at the Poe Bicentennial Conference in
Philadelphia, October 2009, sponsored by the Poe Studies Association.
(Visit the PSA Web site at for details about
the conference itself.)

ARTICLE PROPOSALS: The conference panel serves as a developmental step
toward a thematic issue of Poe Studies slated for publication in 2010. The
proposal deadline (for those not submitting conference abstracts) is 30
April 2009.
Send submissions and queries to State clearly whether
you want to be considered for the conference proposal, the thematic issue,
or both. Participation in one stage of the project does not require or
guarantee participation in the other.

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