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Edgar Allan Poe and the Writers and Artists of New England 

University of Massachusetts Amherst 

October 29th to 31st, 2009

Thursday evening, October 29th

7:00pm, Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall 

                                               

Reading Poe: Poems and Stories:

Poets and Writers Readings from Poe’s Work and Their Own  

Martín Espada, Department of English, University of Massachusetts Amherst, author of Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands and Imagine the Angels of Bread.

John Crowley, author of Little, Big and Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land.

Elizabeth Hand, author of Waking the Moon, Generation Loss, and Winterlong.

David Lenson, Program in Comparative Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Amherst, moderator

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      Friday, October 30th

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

      Panels and papers, Campus Center

   Lower Level Room 163 

9:00 AM    Undergraduate Students’ Reading

Nellie Condee, “The Masque of the Red Death”

Zachary Del Nero, “Poe's Logic”

Sarah Klein, “The Pit and the Pendulum”

Lily Valentin, “Poe on Poe”

Bethany Sherwood, “Poe and H. P. Lovecraft” 
 

10:30 AM    Writers on Poe

John Crowley

Elizabeth Hand

Jack M. Haringa, panelist and moderator 


11:30 AM    Researching Poe: Doctoral Candidates’ Presentations 

Nahir Otano, Program in Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “The POEtization of Luis Palés Matos: the influence of Romanticism in Puerto Rico”

Barry Spence, Program in Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking”

Matt Goodwin, Program in Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Narrative Ambiguity in Poe and Hoffman”

 

12:30-2:00 Lunch Break 

 

2:00     Poe and Old and New New England

Faye Ringel, Coast Guard Academy (Emeritus), “‘A general sad unrest’: Poe, Premature Burial and the New England Vampire Belief”

Dean Casale, Kean University, “Emerson and Poe–Competing Theories of the Poet, Poetry and the Future of American Letters” 
Robert Craig Baum, River Valley Community College and European Graduate School, “Melville, Poe, and Mastadon: Death/Sludge Hauntology”

Betsy Fleche, Cambridge College, moderator

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3:00 PM       Keynote address 

Barry Moser, illustrator, printmaker, professor, Smith College Art Department
“Illustrating the Gothic”
 
 

4:00 PM        Artist’s panel: Poe in Illustration, Adaptation, and as Inspiration

Christin Couture, painter and illustrator

Jack Coughlin, painter, printmaker, Emeritus Professor, Department of Art, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Linda Graves, illustrator and painter

Denis Kitchen, cartoonist, publisher, editor, author

 

Friday Evening, October 30th

 Illustrations, Adaptations, and Comics

Exhibition Opening Reception

5:00-7:00 PM Herter Gallery, Herter Annex 

Works by Jack Coughlin, Christin Couture, Will Eisner, and Barry Moser 


From Beyond the Grave: Poe in Death and Life 

8:00-9:30 PM Isenberg School of Management

 Flavin Family Auditorium, Room 137

Musical Settings of Poe’s Poems sung and played by the Poe Ensemble

Edgar A. Poe performed by Peter Story  
Michael McSweeney and Sierra Partlan, Vocals

Paul Kinsman, Piano 

      

      Saturday, October 31st

9:30 AM-5:00 PM

Panels and papers, Campus Center

Lower Level Room 163

 

9:30 AM    Picturing Poe, Poe in Pictures  
 

J. Freeman, English Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Poe in Pictures” 

Steven Weiner, Maynard Public Library, “Hellboy in New England” 

N. C. Christopher Couch, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Will Eisner’s Fall of the House of Usher

 

10:30 AM    Poe Goes International   

Kathryn Lachman, Programs in French and Italian and Comparative Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Poe in Cairo: On the Transnational Circulation of the Purloined Letter.” 

Robert A. Rothstein, Program in Comparative Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Translated Poe: Readings in East European Languages” 

James Hicks, Program in Comparative Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “The Angel, The House, and the US of Usher”

Scott Salus, Program in Comparative Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Amherst, moderator

 
 

11:30 AM    Reading After Poe: Stories for Today 

Kathryn Laity, English Department and Women’s and Gender Studies Program, The College of Saint Rose

Sabina Murray, English Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lesleigh Luttrell, Emerita, University of Wisconsin Madison, moderator


12:00 noon-1:30 PM Keynote address and Luncheon 
Welcoming address
John Mullin, Dean of the Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Amherst
 

Keynote address
Craig Shaw Gardner, author, editor, humorist
“The Poe We Know"

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2:00 PM Poe and Identity

 Gitte Butin, Cambridge College, “The Horror of the Inexorable in Poe and E. Wharton.”       

Betsy Fleche, Cambridge College, "Ins and Outs of "The Tell-Tale Heart'”
Steven C. Tracy, Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, moderator

 
 
3:00 PM Keynote address 

Dr. Paul Lewis, professor, author, curator; English Department, Boston College
“The Raven in the Frog Pond: Edgar Allan Poe and the City of Boston” 
 

 

4:00 PM     Hauntings and Horror: Readings 

R. Patrick Gates, author

Ron Welburn, English Department, Program in Native American Indian Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst       

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