1st International Conference of the Edgar Allan Poe Spanish Association. Poe in the Age of Populism

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2018 to February 2, 2018
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Literature

Poe in the Age of Populism

The Edgar Allan Poe Spanish Association will hold its 1st International Conference from January 31 to February 2, 2018 at the University of Valladolid (Spain). We invite paper proposals on the broad topic of Poe and populism.

Edgar Allan Poe lived, and wrote a substantive body of his work, during the presidency of Andrew Jackson, who was labelled populist. Nowadays the rise of populism is once more at the forefront of politics and arts. Debates regarding the meaning and action of populism are common in our society. Among the issues that have made their appearance on, or reentered, the stage in recent years are topics as varied as whether or not sentimentalism should be considered a central component of politics, thinking about the people as opposed to the cultural establishment, and questioning social institutions.

The so-called new age we are entering is an eventful and timely moment to reexamine Poe’s life and work, as well as the society in which he lived, in relation to populisms both past and present. In what ways was Poe influenced by the populist strand of Andrew Jackson? How did the changes in the press influence Poe’s writings? Were the cultural changes of the period established for the long-term, or were they short-lived? How has populism influenced the reception of Poe? Can Poe be a meaningful writer in and to our society? Are there signs that hint that his status as a canonical author may change?

Topics for the conference include (though they are not limited to):

- Poe and genres, aesthetics

- Poe and the fantastic

- Poe and sentimentalism

- Poe and politics

- Poe and the marketplace

- Poe and the press

- Poe and gender

- Poe’s afterlives

- Transatlantic Poe


Please send your proposals (250-300 words) to: eapsa2018@fyl.uva.es

Deadline: June 4, 2017.


Working languages: English and Spanish


If you have any query, please contact us at eapsa2018@fyl.uva.es

Contact Info: 

Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan. Lecturer of English Studies at the University of Valladolid. The official e-mail address for submitting the abstract or any queries about the Conference is eapsa2018@fyl.uva.es

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