A Poe Pondering: ‘Edgar Allan Poe as a Virginia Writer’

Speaker: Ashley Reed, Ph.D.

Cube, Moss Arts Center | Interdisciplinary Events

October 31, 2018 at 7:30pm

Edgar Allan Poe was a peripatetic figure who during his too-short life made homes in Richmond, London, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. While many of these cities have claimed him as a native son, this talk presents Poe as a writer whose career was undeniably influenced by his years in Virginia. During an era when America’s most prestigious literary figures flocked to Boston and New York, Poe’s outsider status as a son of the south gave him a unique critical perspective on contemporary writers and contributed to his arresting gothic style.

Ashley Reed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Virginia Tech. She researches American literature of the nineteenth century and teaches courses on U.S. literature, women’s writing, and digital humanities. She has published articles in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century AmericanistsDigital Humanities Quarterly, and Essays in Romanticism. Her first monograph, Secular Speculations: Writing Women's Religious Agency in Nineteenth-Century America, is under contract with Cornell University Press.

Join us for additional Poe’s Shadows events!

Oct. 31- Nov. 4 - Poe’s Shadows: An Immersive Theatrical Installation

Oct. 31, 12 noon - A Poe Pondering: “Spatial Audio from Measurement to Reproduction”
Speaker: Mike Roan, Ph.D.

Oct. 31, 5:30pm - A Poe Pondering: “Fearsome Stenches and Whiffs of Disease”
Speaker: Melanie A. Kiechle, Ph.D.

Nov. 1, 12noon - A Poe Pondering: “Cognitive Disruption in the VR Experience” 
Speakers: Chris Miller, Todd Ogle, Ph.D., and Dillon Cutaiar

Nov. 1, 5:30pm - A Poe Pondering: “Reading Poems as Theatre”
Speaker: Tom Gardner, Ph.D.


“Poe Ponderings,” a free series of short talks held in conjunction with Poe’s Shadows. All talks will be approximately 15 minutes long and will be held in the Moss Arts Center lobby, by the mural wall.

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