A New Look at Poe

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    Richard De Prospo, professor of English and American studies, gives a lecture as part of the Sophie Kerr Series on Nov. 3.
October 17, 2016
English Professor Richard De Prospo will speak on Edgar Allan Poe on Nov. 3 as the next up in the Sophie Kerr Lecture Series at the Lit House. 

Richard De Prospo, who has been working to revise literary history with his study of early American literature “from the inside out,” will give a lecture called “Pym, Prometheus, and the Marinere: Anachronizing Edgar Allan Poe.” Part of the Sophie Kerr Lecture Series, the talk begins Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Rose O’Neill Literary House, and it is free and open to the public.

A professor of English and American studies, De Prospo has been teaching since 1975 at Washington College, where he has chaired the Humanities Division and the American Studies Program. He served as a visiting professor of English and literary theory at the University of New Hampshire and the University of London, and has served as a U.S. Information Agency consultant for the establishment of American Studies programs at universities in Germany, Ecuador, and Slovenia.

De Prospo is widely published in scholarly journals of early and 19th-century American literature, and of literary theory. He has also published on literary abolitionism in the U.S. and on African-American literature, and has coedited and written the “Afterword” for The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. His other publications include Theism in the Discourse of Jonathan Edwards (University of Delaware Press, 1985) and The Latest Early American Literature (University of Delaware Press, 2016). He is currently completing Poe’s Difference, of which “Pym, Prometheus, and the Marinere: Anachronizing Poe” is an excerpt.

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Last modified on Oct. 17th, 2016 at 11:22am by Wendy Clarke.