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Poe Studies at ALA

The American Literature Association will hold its annual conference in Boston, May 2019. A session titled "Poe and Feeling," sponsored by Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation, will feature presentations by Lesley Ginsberg (University of Colorado–Colorado Springs), Caitlin Duffy (Stony Brook University), and Chad Luck (California State University at San Bernardino). Coeditor Jana Argersinger will chair the session. To take part in what we expect to be a lively, searching, and sociable conversation, among many others at ALA, register for the conference before 15 April at

Upcoming Features in Poe Studies

Poe and Feeling," in volume 52 (2019): Building on our ALA session, the journal will showcase a special feature that adds two contributors—Jonathan Elmer (Indiana University) and Jeffrey Weinstock (Central Michigan University)—to the company of panelists. Readers can anticipate a variety of forays into this rich field of study: on Poe and the "aesthetic of the interesting"; on "the trauma of knowing" in his angelic dialogues; on "atmospheres of horror" in his short stories, based in part on data visualization; on Peirce, Poe, and protoplasm; and on feeling in Poe's letters.

"Poe and the Middle East," in volume 53 (2020): This special feature is being organized by Karen Grumberg (Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin) and Emron Esplin (Brigham Young University), and it will include essays on Poe's presence in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish literary traditions as well as an article about Poe's textual and editorial relationship with the Holy Land. This volume will be the first published under the full editorship of Esplin. [End Page v]


On the cusp of the journal's second half-century, we have two farewells to make and a welcome to extend, a past to celebrate and a future to hail. Jana Argersinger, after almost three decades of service to Poe Studies, will retire in July 2019, and Leland Person, coeditor with Argersinger for five years running, has recently passed the baton to Emron Esplin—who coedited the present volume and will take on sole editorship for the 2020 volume. We heartily thank Professor Person for the benefits his deep expertise in nineteenth-century American literature and culture have afforded the journal. Argersinger began as assistant editor in 1990 at WSU for both Poe Studies and ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, and in the early 2000s became coeditor of both. Prior to her Poe Studies partnership with Person, she collaborated with Alexander Hammond (longtime editor then coeditor) and Scott Peeples (coeditor), gestating conference sessions and special features on such subjects as nineteenth-century medicine, single-author studies, and trauma science; negotiating migration of the journal to Johns Hopkins University Press; and generally working to keep the journal at the forward edge of scholarship while honoring and strengthening its core allegiance to supportive human community among readers, authors, and other cohorts. In keeping with this allegiance, Argersinger plans to devote more attention in the next phase of her scholarly life to a burgeoning interest in relationship studies and nineteenth-century American women writers. She will also become a consulting editor of Poe Studies alongside Hammond and Peeples. (After the editorial transition, Washington State University will continue to share copyright ownership with Johns Hopkins University Press.)

Professor Esplin, incoming editor, brings to the journal an impressive range of accomplishment and expertise on Poe in particular and on nineteenth-century American literature more broadly. He is Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University, where he teaches courses in US literature and inter-American literary studies, and he currently serves as Vice President of the Poe Studies Association. Most of Esplin's scholarship on Poe explores Poe's connections to and affinities with authors and artists from Spanish-language literary traditions, but his work also bespeaks a strong interest in Poe's global presence and his various reputations in linguistic and literary traditions throughout the world. Esplin examines the concept of two-way or reciprocal influence—how Poe influences later writers and how...


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