A Poe Pondering: ‘Fearsome Stenches and Whiffs of Disease’

Speaker: Melanie A. Kiechle, Ph.D.

Cube, Moss Arts Center | Interdisciplinary Events

October 31, 2018 at 5:30pm

We all know how the Tell-Tale Heart sounded, but did it smell? Join us for an olfactory tour of the cities in which Poe lived and wrote. Melanie Kiechle will introduce us to the strong smells of nineteenth century cities, and explain why stenches made nineteenth-century Americans fear for their health.

Melanie A. Kiechle is an Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech, and author of Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America. She teaches courses on US history, environmental history, and the histories of medicine and science.

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, 7:30pm - A Poe Pondering: “Edgar Allan Poe as a Virginia Writer”
Speaker: Ashley Reed, Ph.D.

Nov. 1, 12 noon- 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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