“THEORY MAD BEYOND REDEMPTION”:
THE POST-KANTIAN POE
A call for papers for a special issue of The Edgar Allan Poe Review, forthcoming in Fall 2012, and
guest-edited by Sean Moreland, Devin Zane Shaw, and Jonathan Murphy.
The editors invite original essays that address the influence of
German Idealist and Romantic thought upon Edgar Allan Poe. While it has become
a critical commonplace that Poe both makes use of and mocks many elements of
German Idealism, there has been scant discussion of the specificities of Poe’s
complex, and often vexed, treatments of Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy.
Poe studies enjoyed a brief revival of the “French Poe” following the
psychoanalytic and deconstructive interventions of Lacan and Derrida, but the
anti-theoretical backlash of the past two decades has tended to extradite Poe
back to his country of origin, restoring his “American Face” at the cost of
recognizing the transatlantic influences that indelibly shaped his writing.
This collection will focus on Poe’s indebtedness to, as well as his critical
distance from, the German Idealist and Romantic writers, but its intent is not
to delineate, as Hansen and Pollin (1995) have done, the “German Face” of
Poe, so much as it is to reintroduce the theoretical aspect of Poe’s artistry
back into the critical conversation.
We especially welcome papers that consider the relationship
between Poe’s reception of Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy (including Fichte,
Schelling, Hegel, Schiller, and the Schlegels) and that of his American
literary contemporaries (including Emerson, Fuller, Hawthorne, and Melville);
articles that examine the role of Coleridge, Carlyle, Cousin, and de Staël in
disseminating German idealism upon American shores; and essays that interrogate
more recent peregrinations of German philosophy in Continental theory,
especially as they pertain to a reconsideration of Poe’s literary legacy.
We require a 250 word abstract and a brief bio by no later than
April 30, 2012, and the finished paper (Chicago-style, no more than 9000 words
including endnotes) by July 15, 2012. Abstracts, papers, and questions
should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.