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(p. xi) Contributors

(p. xi) Contributors

Branka Arsić is Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau (2016), which was awarded the MLA James Russell Lowell Prize for the most outstanding book of 2016. She has also written On Leaving: A Reading in Emerson (2010) and a book on Melville entitled Passive Constitutions or 7½ Times Bartleby (2007). She is now working on a volume on Poe, science, and vitalism.

Jacob Rama Berman is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University and the author of American Arabesque: Arabs, Islam, and the Nineteenth Century Imaginary (2012). His work has appeared in American Literature, English Studies in Canada, J19, and ALH, as well as the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Barbara Cantalupo is Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University and editor of The Edgar Allan Poe Review and of Lehigh University Press’s Perspectives on Poe series. Her monograph, Poe and the Visual Arts (2014), won the PSA’s Patrick F. Quinn Award; her edited books include Poe’s Pervasive Influence (2012), Emma Wolf’s Short Stories in the Smart Set (2010), and Emma Wolf’s Other Things Being Equal (2017). She is currently working with Lori Harrison-Kahan on a reissue of Emma Wolf’s novel, Heirs of Yesterday, and with Richard Kopley on an edited collection from the 2015 Poe conference, Influencing Poe.

Lauren Coats is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at Louisiana State University. She is completing a collaborative digital edition of The Broadway Journal, which Poe once edited and owned. She is founding editor of the digital Archive Journal and has published work in J19 and PMLA and through Lehigh University Press Digital Scholarly Editions. She is completing a book manuscript on textual practices and genres for mapping North American spaces in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Michael C. Cohen is Associate Professor of English at UCLA. He is the author of The Social Lives of Poems in Nineteenth-Century America (2015), named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2016, and coeditor of The Poetry of Charles Brockden Brown (forthcoming). He has published many essays on nineteenth-century poetry and edited a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Literature on the ballad and historical poetics.

(p. xii) Jonathan Elmer is Professor of English at Indiana University, where he is also Director of the College Arts and Humanities Institute. From 2015 to 2017, he was Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival. He is the author of two monographs: Reading at the Social Limit: Affect, Mass Culture, and Edgar Allan Poe (1995) and On Lingering and Being Last: Race and Sovereignty in the New World (2008).

William E. Engel is the Nick B. Williams Professor of Literature at Sewanee, The University of the South. He is the author of five books, including Early Modern Poetics in Melville and Poe (2013), and he coedited The Memory Arts in Renaissance England: A Critical Anthology (2016). He has served on the Executive Committee of the Poe Studies Association and the PSA’s Gargano and Quinn Awards Committee and is on the Editorial Board of Renaissance Quarterly.

Emron Esplin is an Associate Professor of US literature and inter-American literary studies in the English Department at Brigham Young University. He is the editor, with Margarida Vale de Gato, of Translated Poe (2014) and the author of Borges’s Poe: The Influence and Reinvention of Edgar Allan Poe in Spanish America (2016). With Jana Argersinger, he currently coedits Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation. He received the 2013 James W. Gargano Award from the Poe Studies Association for his essay “Borges’s Philosophy of Poe’s Composition,” published in Comparative Literature Studies.

Paul Gilmore, Administrative Dean of the Honors College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the author of The Genuine Article: Race, Mass Culture, and American Literary Manhood (2001) and Aesthetic Materialism: Electricity and American Romanticism (2009). He has published articles in leading literary journals on subjects as varied as blackface minstrelsy, telegraphy, and early brain science.

Lesley Ginsberg is Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She has published articles in American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review and essays in The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities (2012) and Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2018). Other essays on Poe appear in American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative (1998) and Approaches to Teaching Poe’s Prose and Poetry (2008). She is coeditor of Romantic Education in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: National and Transatlantic Contexts (2014).

Paul Grimstad is the author of Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses (2013). His essays and reviews have appeared in Bookforum, the London Review of Books n+1, the New Republic, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the Times Literary Supplement and Raritan, among other journals and magazines. He has taught literature at NYU, Yale, and Columbia universities.

John Gruesser is Senior Research Scholar at Sam Houston State University and Past President of the Poe Studies Association. He has authored five books, including Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction (2013), and edited five others, (p. xiii) including The Unruly Voice: Rediscovering Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1996), The Black Sleuth by John E. Bruce (2002), A Century of Detection: Twenty Great Mystery Stories 1841–1940 (2010), and (with Hanna Wallinger) The Hindered Hand; Or, the Reign of the Repressionist by Sutton E. Griggs (2017). His Edgar Allan Poe and His Nineteenth-Century American Counterparts will appear in 2019.

Alexander Hammond is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Washington State University. An editor and coeditor of Poe Studies from 1975 through 2008, he has focused his scholarship on Edgar Allan Poe’s literary career, especially his early fiction. An honorary member of the Poe Studies Association, he currently serves as consulting editor on Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation and board member on the Edgar Allan Poe Review. He is doing research for a gathering of his essays and papers on Poe’s Folio Club tales and working on a guide to WSU’s Palmer C. Holt Poe Source Collection.

Paul Hurh is Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona. He is the author of American Terror: The Feeling of Thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville (2015). His work focuses on questions of literary aesthetics, philosophy, and intellectual history, and his essays have appeared in Poe Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Style, and Novel.

James M. Hutchisson is Professor of English at The Citadel and author of two literary biographies, Poe (2005) and Ernest Hemingway: A New Life (2016). He is also the editor of Edgar Allan Poe: Beyond Gothicism (2011) and author of a cultural history, Renaissance in Charleston (2003) as well as a scholarly study, The Rise of Sinclair Lewis, 1920–1930 (1996). He has also edited Conversations with Paul Auster (2013) and published a cultural biography, DuBose Heyward: A Charleston Gentleman and the World of Porgy and Bess (2000).

Virginia Jackson is UCI Endowed Chair of Rhetoric and Critical Theory in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine. She is the author of Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (2005), which won the Christian Gauss Prize and the MLA Prize for a First Book. She is the editor of On Periodization: Selected Essays from the English Institute (2010), and, with Yopie Prins, coeditor of The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology (2014). Her next book, Before Modernism: The Invention of American Poetry is forthcoming.

Paul Christian Jones is the Sam and Susan Crowl Professor of English at Ohio University. He is the author of two books, Unwelcome Voices: Subversive Fiction in the Antebellum South (2005) and Against the Gallows: Antebellum American Writers and the Movement to Abolish Capital Punishment (2011), and numerous journal articles on nineteenth-century American literature. His current book project examines Poe’s work through the lens of queer temporality.

J. Gerald Kennedy, volume coeditor, is Boyd Professor of English, Louisiana State University, and author of Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict (p. xiv) in the Age of Poe (2016) and Poe, Death, and the Life of Writing (1987). Kennedy also published The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and the Abyss of Interpretation (1993). He later edited The Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe (2001) and the Portable Edgar Allan Poe (2006). With Liliane Weissberg, he coedited Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race (2001), and with Jerome McGann, he coedited Poe and the Remapping of Antebellum Print Culture (2012).

Richard Kopley is Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus, from Penn State DuBois. His books include The Threads of The Scarlet Letter (2003), Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries (2008), and the forthcoming The Formal Center in Literature: Explorations from Poe to the Present. His work-in-progress is a biography of Poe. He also publishes short stories and children’s picture books.

Maurice S. Lee is Chair and Professor of English at Boston University, where his work focuses on nineteenth-century American literature. His essays on Poe have appeared in American Literature, Poe and the Remapping Antebellum Culture (2012) and A Companion to Crime Fiction (2012). Chapters on Poe also appear in his books Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830–1860 (2005) and Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century America Literature (2012).

Kent P. Ljungquist, Emeritus Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has written extensively on Poe’s contributions to and reception in American magazines and newspapers. He is the author of The Grand and the Fair: Poe’s Landscape Aesthetics and Pictorial Techniques (1985), coeditor of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Deerslayer (1998), and editor of Conversations with Stanley Kunitz (2013). He has done bibliographical and critical work on Poe’s contemporaries and has edited several reference works on American writers.

Stacey Margolis, Professor of English at the University of Utah, is author of The Public Life of Privacy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2005) and Fictions of Mass Democracy in Nineteenth-Century America (2015). She is coeditor (with Elizabeth Duquette) of J19: the Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Her current book project concerns contemporary fiction and intergenerational justice.

Bruce Mills is Professor of English at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He is the author of Poe, Fuller, and the Mesmeric Arts: Transition States in the American Renaissance (2006), a book examining the impact of early notions of the unconscious and receptive states of mind on antebellum literary form and social reform. He is also the author of Cultural Reformations: Lydia Maria Child and the Literature of Reform (1994) and the editor of Child’s Letters from New York.

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet is Professor of American Literature and codirector of the MA Specialization Program in American Studies at the University of Lausanne. Her publications include The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth Century American Literature (2010), The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture (2012), War Gothic (coedited with Steffen Hantke, 2016), (p. xv) and Neoliberal Gothic: International Gothic in the Neoliberal Age (coedited with Linnie Blake, 2017). She has also published articles on feminism and queer theory, war writing, horror, and melodrama, among many other topics.

Sean Moreland teaches in the English Department at the University of Ottawa. His essays on Gothic, horror, and weird fiction in its literary, cinematic, and sequential art guises have appeared in many collections and journals, and he blogs about related subjects. He edited the essay collections The Lovecraftian Poe (2017) and the forthcoming New Directions in Supernatural Horror Literature: The Critical Legacy of H. P. Lovecraft (2018). He is working on a monograph tentatively titled Repulsive Influences: A Historical Poetics of Atomic Horror.

Carl Ostrowski is Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author of Literature and Criminal Justice in Antebellum America (2016). He has published articles on Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, George Lippard, and other nineteenth-century American authors in various journals, including ESQ, Modern Language Studies, and African American Literature. He is editor of the forthcoming Edgar Allan Poe: Tales, Poems, and Critical Writings.

Scott Peeples, volume coeditor, is Professor of English at the College of Charleston and the author of Edgar Allan Poe Revisited (1998) and The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe (2004), which received the Patrick F. Quinn Award from the Poe Studies Association. He has published numerous articles on Poe and nineteenth-century American literature. Peeples coedited the journal Poe Studies from 2008 to 2013 and currently serves on the editorial board of the Edgar Allan Poe Review.

Leland S. Person is Nathaniel Ropes Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of Aesthetic Headaches: Women and a Masculine Poetics in Poe, Melville, and Hawthorne (1988), Henry James and the Suspense of Masculinity (2003), and The Cambridge Introduction to Nathaniel Hawthorne (2007). He edited the Norton Critical Edition of The Scarlet Letter (2017) and has served as president of the Hawthorne and James societies. He is also a former coeditor of Poe Studies.

Philip Edward Phillips is Professor of English and Associate Dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University. His publications include articles in Edgar Allan Poe in 20 Objects (2016), Edgar Allan Poe in Context (2013), Deciphering Poe: Subtexts, Contexts, Subversive Meanings (2013), and Approaches to Teaching Poe’s Prose and Poetry (2008). His edited collection, Poe and Place, is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan. He is a past president of the Poe Studies Association, a member of The Edgar Allan Poe Review editorial committee, and was program chair of the 2018 Kyoto conference.

W. Scott Poole is Professor of History at the College of Charleston. His 2016 biography of H. P. Lovecraft In the Mountains of Madness was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. His book Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror will be published in 2018 along with a revised and expanded edition of his award-winning Monsters in America, which first appeared in 2011.

(p. xvi) Stephen Rachman is Associate Professor in the Department of English, former Director of the American Studies Program, and Codirector of the Digital Humanities Literary Cognition Laboratory at Michigan State University. He is coauthor of the award-winning Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of John Snow (2003) and coeditor of The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe (1995). A past president of the Poe Studies Association, he is currently completing a study entitled The Jingle Man: Edgar Allan Poe and the Problems of Culture.

Valerie Rohy is Professor of English at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Impossible Women: Lesbian Figures and American Literature (2000), Anachronism and Its Others: Sexuality, Race, Temporality (2009), and Lost Causes: Narrative, Etiology, and Queer Theory (2015). She teaches and studies nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, queer theory, feminist theory, and psychoanalytic theory.

Kelly Ross is an Assistant Professor of English at Rider University. She specializes in early and nineteenth-century American literature with interests in twentieth-century American literature, detective fiction, poetry, African American literature, and American studies. Her article “Babo’s Heterochronic Creativity,” appeared in Leviathan, and she is currently completing a monograph on slavery and surveillance in antebellum literature.

John Carlos Rowe is USC Associates’ Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He is the author of nine books, more than 150 essays and reviews, and editor or co-editor of eleven books, including Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II (2000), A Concise Companion to American Studies (2010), Afterlives of Modernism (2011), and The Cultural Politics of the New American Studies (2012).

Laura Saltz is Associate Professor and Director of American Studies at Colby College. Her manuscript in progress, Imponderables: Antebellum Science, Light, and Literature, devotes a chapter to Poe. Her past work on Poe includes “‘(Horrible to Relate!)’: Recovering the Body of Marie Rogêt” in The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe, 1995) and “‘Eyes which Behold’: Poe’s ‘Domain of Arnheim’ and the Science of Vision” in The Edgar Allan Poe Review, 2006, reprinted in Edgar Allan Poe: Beyond Gothicism, 2011. “Eyes which Behold” won the James M. Gargano Prize for the outstanding essay on Poe in 2006.

Matt Sandler directs the MA program in American Studies at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. His article, “‘Negras Aguas’: The Poe Tradition and the Limits of American Africanism” appeared in Comparative Literature, and he has published essays elsewhere on Byron, Whitman, and Dunbar. His book about the African American poets of the abolition movement is forthcoming from Verso.

(p. xvii) Susan Elizabeth Sweeney is Monsignor Murray Professor of Arts and Humanities at the College of the Holy Cross. Her work on Poe includes a coedited volume, Detecting Texts: The Metaphysical Detective Story from Poe to Postmodernism (1999); a screenplay, The Raven Woos the Dove, about his courtship of Sarah Helen Whitman; and essays on visual culture, including “The Horror of Taking a Picture in Poe’s ‘Tell-Tale Heart.’ ” She served on the editorial board of the Edgar Allan Poe Review and as president of the Poe Studies Association. She also publishes on detective fiction, postmodernist narrative, and Vladimir Nabokov.

Sandra Tomc is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, specializing in early nineteenth-century US literature and print culture. She is the author of Industry and the Creative Mind: The Eccentric Writer in American Literature and Entertainment, 1790–1860 (2012). Her scholarly articles on Poe and the US publishing scene appear in ELH, American Literature, Representations, and Nineteenth-Century Literature. She is currently researching a book about unpaid work economies in the early nineteenth-century US magazine industry.

Alexandra Urakova works as a senior researcher at the A. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. She is author of The Poetics of the Body in the Short Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe (2009, in Russian), editor of Deciphering Poe: Subtexts, Contexts, Subversive Meanings (2013), and coeditor of Poe, Baudelaire, Dostoevsky: Splendors and Miseries of National Genius (2017, in Russian). She has published on Poe in Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, Poe Studies, and numerous collections.

Margarida Vale de Gato is an Assistant Professor at the Universidade de Lisboa’s School of Arts and Humanities and Coordinator of the American Studies Research Group in ULICES (Ulisboa Centre for English Studies). She completed her PhD in 2008 with a dissertation on the rewritings of Poe in late nineteenth-century Portuguese poetry and translated Poe’s complete poetic works into Portuguese (2009). She guest-edited the Spring 2010 volume of The Edgar Allan Poe Review on the theme “Poe and Gothic Creativity.” She coedited Translated Poe (2014), with Emron Esplin, and their current project is Anthologizing Poe (2019).

Ellen Weinauer is Dean of the Honors College and Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has published widely in American literature, especially on Gothic tropes and themes in such writers as Hawthorne, Melville, Douglass, and Elizabeth Stoddard. Her publications include “Race and the American Gothic” (The Cambridge Companion to the American Gothic, 2017), “Law and the Gothic in the Slaveholding South” (The Palgrave Handbook of the Southern Gothic, 2016), and “Poe, Southworth, and the Antebellum Wife” (E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist, 2012).

Cindy Weinstein is Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English at the California Institute of Technology. Her publications include Time, Tense, and American Literature: When (p. xviii) Is Now? (2015), the Norton Critical Edition of Melville’s Pierre, or the Ambiguities, coedited with Robert S. Levine (2017), and an edited volume of essays, A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction (forthcoming).

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock is Professor of English at Central Michigan University and an associate editor for The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. He is an author or editor of twenty books, including the MLA Approaches to Teaching Poe’s Prose and Poetry (with Anthony Magistrale) and The Cambridge Companion to American Gothic.

Edward Whitley is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. He is the author of American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet (2010) and, with Joanna Levin, coeditor of Whitman Among the Bohemians (2014). He has published essays on Poe’s relationship with Whitman and the bohemians of antebellum New York City in the journals Poe Studies and American Literary History.

Christina Zwarg is Associate Professor of English at Haverford College. Author of Feminist Conversations: Fuller, Emerson, and the Play of Reading, she has published a wide variety of articles on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century authors and topics in American Literature, Studies in Romanticism, Poe Studies, American Literary History, Criticism, Novel, Cultural Critique, Adaptation, Social Text, and in several Norton Critical editions and anthologies. She is completing a book on trauma theory before Freud entitled The Stunning Rehearsal: Traumatic Archives, Crisis, and the Black Reconstruction of Democracy.