As “The Raven” Opens — Edgar Allan Poe Expert Teaches College of Charleston Class on Poe

Students at the College of Charleston recently had the opportunity to enroll in ENGL 462: Poe, Place and History and study with a leading authority on Edgar Allan Poe, English Professor Scott Peeples. The course covered many of Poe’s well-known and lesser-known works, including The Raven which has spawned a new film starring John Cusack, Alice Eve and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. In the film, Poe (Cusack) tracks down a serial killer whose murders mimic Poe’s literary works. In addition to teaching, touring, and lecturing, Professor Peeples’ has published two books, Edgar Allan Poe Revisited (1998) and The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe (2004), which won the Patrick F. Quinn Award for the year’s outstanding book on Poe, as well as numerous articles in academic journals and anthologies. He co-edits the journal Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation, and edits the book series Literary Criticism in Perspective for Camden House Press. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant in recognition of his work regarding Edgar Allan Poe. During the spring semester of 2009, he traveled to numerous sites in the US and abroad to lecture on the renowned author as part of a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth. Sponsored by the Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow, Professor Peeples was invited to give the plenary speech at the international conference entitled “The Adventures of Edgar Allan Poe Through Time and Culture.” He