"Global Poe" Seminar for ACLA Conference at Harvard, Mar. 17-20, 2016 (submissions from Sept. 1-23, 2015)

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Emron Esplin / Department of English, Brigham Young University
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The following CFP is for a seminar I have co-organized with Margarida Vale de Gato for the upcoming convention of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) held from March 17-20, 2016 at Harvard University. ACLA's annual meeting uses a seminar format in which 8-15 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 "annual meeting," and then click on "submit a paper." The website will not be accepting submissions until September 1. The CFP below is currently available under "Global Poe" on the ACLA website. After September 1, a link will be available for you to submit a paper directly to the seminar. Submissions will be open between September 1 and September 23.

If you are doing work on Poe from an international angle, we would enjoy receiving your submissions. Also, if you have questions about this seminar, feel free to email me directly at emron_esplin@byu.edu.

Many thanks,

Emron Esplin
Assistant Professor of English
Brigham Young University

Margarida Vale de Gato
Assistant Professor
University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies

"Global Poe"

Critical studies of the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe have long acknowledged Poe's global influence. In nations as disparate as France, Japan, and Argentina, Poe has left his mark, and local authors, artists, and translators have conversed with and altered Poe's works and image according to their own unique needs and purposes. Building on the most recent push of global Poe scholarship that includes Barbara Cantalupo's edited volume Poe's Pervasive Influence (Lehigh UP, 2012), Emron Esplin and Margarida Vale de Gato's edited volume Translated Poe (Lehigh UP, 2014), and successful seminars on Poe and the world at the ACLA's Annual Meeting in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, this seminar hopes to join and expand the conversation about Poe's global influence and affinities.

Paper topics could include:
*Analyses of Poe's influence on literary, philosophical, or critical discourses in any linguistic and/or national tradition
*Analyses of Poe translations in any language and/or comparisons of translations of Poe
*Comparative readings of Poe alongside various world writers
*Critical discussions of any of the Poe bicentennial celebrations
*Discussions on Poe's textualization of foreign or estranged places
*Examinations of literary traditions incorporated into Poe's work or of specific foreign influences or appropriations in his literary corpus
*Examinations of Poe's international biographies
*Studies of Poe adaptations in film, music, or other artistic forms
*Studies on how particular authors and cultural mediators use Poe's works or image to accomplish specific ends within their particular literary or cultural setting

In short, we are interested in scholarship that places Poe's work and/or his biography in comparative and/or international contexts.