Edgar Alan Poe – marginal and universal (International Conference)

The Academic Circle for Comparative Literature together with the Bulgarian American Studies Association
Closing date for submissions: 
15 April, 2009
Event dates: 
30.10.2009 - 31.10.2009
Assoc. Prof. Ognyan Kovachev: poe_conference_2009@ymail.com

Академичен Кръг по Сравнително Литературознание ( АКСЛИТ / CALIC / ACCL )




The Academic Circle for Comparative Literature together with the Bulgarian American Studies Association organizes an International Conference


Edgar Alan Poe – marginal and universal


hosted by the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” on 30 and 31 October 2009.


In 2009 we celebrate the bicentennial of E. A. Poe and mark 160 years since his death. His life and literary legacy have never stopped to attract generations of readers, scholars and writers. Many authors in various arts have taken their inspiration from his works. Legends about his life and death, interspersed with enigmas, are still afloat today, which seems to be one of the reasons why Poe’s personality and creations have fallen victim to slight and underestimation time and again.

Having lived and worked far away from the European literary canon, this powerful reformer of literature fell within the margins of his native literary canon; nevertheless he crossed many other borders. The most universal of the American nineteenth-century writers, he has been recreated by the European imagination of Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Manet, Conan Doyle, Doré, Debussy, including also the Bulgarian one of Teodor Trayanov, Debelyanov, Georgi Mihaylov, etc. “Poe is thus, in every sense, a writer of limits,” writes Tzvetan Todorov; therefore “his production is necessarily marginal. Fortunately, in every age there are readers who prefer the margins to the center.”


Possible thematic fields:

  • Edgar Alan Poe – founder of genres and aesthetic models in modern literature: science fiction, fantasy, detective stories;

  • “(N)ever more” – Edgar Poe’s lyric poetry;

  • E. A. Poe – Gothic and Romantic;

  • “And much of Madness, and more of Sin,/ And Horror the soul of the plot” – pathologic, horrible and macabre in Poe’s tales;

  • “Born again” – philosophy, religion and esoterics in Poe’s writings;

  • Poe’s laughter – parody, carnivalesque, grotesque, and other aspects;

  • The Poetic Princ(ipl)e – critical and theoretical legacy;

  • Translations and reception of E. A. Poe in Europe and in Bulgaria;

  • Poe on screen – adaptations and films using motives from his works;

  • Poe’s plots, motives and characters in music, painting, theatre and other arts;

  • Secrets and enigmas in Poe’s life and works;

  • Edgar Alan Poe in twentieth century popular culture


The participation fee is 30 lv. for Bulgarian participants and 30 € for participants from abroad. The collected funds will be invested in the preparation and publishing of a conference volume.

The presentations shall not exceed 20 minutes. Please, send your paper proposal including a title and an abstract up to 1800 characters in Bulgarian, English or French no later than 15 April 2009 to the chief coordinator Assoc. Prof. Ognyan Kovachev on e-mail address: or snail mail: Department of Slavic Philology, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Tzar Osvoboditel 15 Blvd., Sofia 1504, Bulgaria.


Organizing Committee:

Assoc. Prof. Ognyan Kovachev, Assoc. Prof. Madeleine Danova, Prof. Nikolay Aretov, Assoc. Prof. Julia Stefanova, Assoc. Prof. Roumiana L. Stantcheva (President of ACCL).



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