"Rethinking Poe's Sublime," Poe Studies panel, ALA in Boston, May 2015
Poe abandoned his proposed Tales of the Folio Club sometime after 1835, but still wanted to issue a collected edition of his prose fiction. Dropping the literary club motif, he combined the original tales with additional items from the Southern Literary Messenger. This new collection of 25 stories became Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840). What choices informed Poe's decisions about what to include? To what extent does the term "grotesque"—especially as it relates to Poe's notions of the sublime—function as a defining characteristic of the two volumes' contents? Papers are invited on specific tales as well as on Poe's discussions of the sublime and/or the grotesque in his reviews, miscellaneous writings, and poetic treatises. Other related topics are welcome as well. To submit a proposal, send a title and an abstract of no more than 350 words to: William Engel (email@example.com); in the subject line, put "PSA panel 2015." The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015 (panelists will be notified shortly thereafter).