Reading Poe Now

deadline for submissions: 
March 17, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Poe Studies Association
contact email: 

Call for Papers

MLA 2022 in Washington DC (hopefully!)


Poe scholars and Poe aficionados are always talking about Poe and always reading and rereading his works. He is ubiquitous—in print, film, popular culture, and all over the internet. His online presence increased even more in the late winter and early spring of 2020 as the world wrestled with the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of us who teach Poe and those of us who write about him, doing so in 2020 and 2021 seems more timely than ever, but it also feels different.

Why should we read or teach Poe “now”? How is or isn’t Poe relevant in the midst/wake of a global pandemic and serious social conflict? Is his work timely, timeless, both, neither? Submit 250-word proposals and 1-page CVs to by Wednesday, March 17.


Depending on the number and quality of submissions, this session will either run as a 3-4 person panel or as a roundtable including several participants.