Prospo to host Poe lecture on Nov. 3
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