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"The Image and the Word"

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14)"Edgar Allan Poe and the Image: Interactions between Poetry and the Visual Arts"
Panel Chair: Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan, Universidad de Valladolid
E-mail: guerrero@fyl.uva.es


Edgar Allan Poe's stories, such as "The Oval Portrait", "Landor's Cottage" or "The Fall of the House of Usher", poems such as "The Raven" or Al Aaraaf, or his comments on art in Marginalia and Pinakidia indicate his concern with the visual in its most liberal sense. The relationship between Poe and the visual arts has been debated and examined for decades, most notably by Kent Ljungquist, and, more recently, by Barbara Cantalupo. Yet, the topic deserves more consideration in the light of explorations of recent theories of the picturesque and the sublime.

Poe's comments on art interspersed in Marginalia and Pinakidia invite examinations of his relationship with artistic theories, in particular discussions that take into account Modernist and Postmodernist revisions of nineteenth century aesthetics. Modernist poetics may also cast light on the relationship between literature and visual arts. Modernist poets used Poe's poetics as a starting point to create visual poetry. For instance, Brazilian 'concretista' poets would condense Poe's poetics in an attempt to write a fundamentally pictorial poetry. The panel encourages discussions of visual poetry based on Poe's poetics and poetry.

Poe's writings also show a strong aesthetic link with the new art of photography. Julio Cortázar remarked the connection between the photography and the short story. Other scholars have pointed out the association between photography and American aesthetics. Papers on the link between Poe's short fiction and photography will also be welcome.


Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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