Prospo to host Poe lec­ture on Nov. 3

The Star Democrat - - LIFE -

CHESTERTOWN — Richard De Prospo will give a lec­ture ti­tled “Pym, Prometheus, and the Marinere: Anachro­niz­ing Edgar Al­lan Poe” at 4:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 3, at the Rose O’Neill Lit­erar y House, as part of the So­phie Kerr Lec­ture Se­ries.

A pro­fes­sor of English and Amer­i­can stud­ies, De Prospo has been teach­ing since 1975 at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, where he has chaired the hu­man­i­ties di­vi­sion and the Amer­i­can stud­ies pro­gram.

He served as a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor of English and lit­er­ary the­ory at the Univer­sity of New Hamp­shire and the Univer­sity of Lon­don, and has served as a U.S. In­for­ma­tion Agency con­sul­tant for the es­tab­lish­ment of Amer­i­can stud­ies pro­grams at uni­ver­si­ties in Ger­many, Ecuador and Slove­nia.

De Prospo is widely pub­lished in schol­arly jour­nals of early and 19th-cen­tury Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture and of lit­er­ary the­ory. He also has pub­lished on lit­er­ary abo­li­tion­ism in the U.S. and on African-Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture, and has co-edited and writ­ten the “Af­ter­word” for “The Stowe De­bate: Rhetor­i­cal Strate­gies in Un­cle Tom’s Cabin.”

His other pub­li­ca­tions in­clude “Theism in the Dis­course of Jonathan Ed­wards” (Univer­sity of Delaware Press, 1985) and “The Lat­est Early Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture” (Univer­sity of Delaware Press, 2016).

He cur­rently is com­plet­ing “Poe’s Dif­fer­ence,” of which “Pym, Prometheus, and the Marinere: Anachro­niz­ing Poe” is an ex­cerpt.

The event is free and open to the pub­lic.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the lit­er­ary events of­fered this year, visit WC’s English depart­ment at www.wash coll. edu/ de­part­ments/ eng lish/events.php.

View the an­nual lit­er­ary events cal­en­dar brochure at www. wash­coll. edu/ live/ files /6323- lit era ry-events-cal­en­dar - 2016- 2017- brochure.

RICHARD DE PROSPO

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