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Faculty Forum to Feature Poe Scholar

11/12/2008 —

Dr. Barbara Cantalupo, associate professor of English, will be the featured speaker for the next Faculty Forum session at 1:00 p.m. on December 3, 2008 in Room 124 A & B at the Lehigh Valley campus.  Cantalupo will present "Edgar Allan Poe and the Arts Scene in NYC, 1844-1846." The event is free and open to the public.

This talk is from her current book-in-progess; she will be giving a similar talk at the International Edgar Allan Poe Conference: Two Hundred Years Later, February 3-6, 2009, at the Facultad de Humanidades de Albacete in Albacete, Spain.

"Edgar Allan Poe lived in New York City numerous times in his short life, but the most successful years of his career happened during his stay there from April 1844 to March 1846, the same years that the New York was becoming the nation's arts center," says Cantalupo. "Not only did Poe attend art exhibits, write about painting and sculpture, and become acquainted with artists in his neighborhood during this period, but this immersion in the visual arts had a significant impact on the writing he did during and immediately after his stay in New York City." 

Barbara Cantalupo has a Ph.D. in English from SUNY at Buffalo, a master's in Humanities in Photography and English from SUNY Buffalo, a master's of Social Work from SUNY Buffalo, and an AB degree in English and History from the University of Rochester. She is associate professor of English at Penn State Lehigh Valley and editor of The Edgar Allan Poe Review. Her scholarly edited books include Emma Wolf's Other Things Being Equal (Wayne State UP, 2002), Emma Wolf's Short Stories in The Smart Set (AMS Press, forthcoming), and co-editor with Richard Kopley of Prospects for American Literary Study, Vol. II (AMS Press, forthcoming). She has published numerous essays in scholarly journals on Hawthorne, Poe, Emma Wolf, Tillie Olsen, among others, and a series of interviews with Poe scholars in The Edgar Allan Poe Review including interviews with poets Richard Wilbur and Daniel Hoffman. She is also the author of an artists' book, Ghost City (NYSCA, 1988).

For more information, please contact the University Relations Office at 610-285-5067.

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