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EAC English instructor to present paper at the International Bicentennial Poe Conference
By Todd Haynie
THATCHER, AZ—The Edgar Allan Poe Studies Association has invited EAC English instructor Dr. Marilyn Wilton to present a paper at their International Bicentennial Poe Conference, which will be held in Philadelphia on October 8-11, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency-Penn’s Landing. Wilton will speak as part of a panel focusing on Poe’s only published novel, “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym,” written in 1838. Other panel members are from the University of Paris, Georgetown University, and Central Michigan University.
Wilton’s paper, titled “Poe, Pym, and Pi: Yann Martel’s Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe,” grew out of associations she drew while reading a popular modern novel. “As I read Yann Martel’s 2001 best seller, ‘Life of Pi,’ it felt strangely familiar to me,” said Wilton. “It wasn’t until I flipped through my ‘Unabridged Edgar Allan Poe’ for another reason that I made the connection between Martel’s ‘Life of Pi’ and Poe’s ‘Pym.’” Wilton noticed the parallels between Martel’s work and Poe’s include character names, themes, the use of irony and hoaxes, and plot reversals.
Because the October conference coincides with the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birthday, many other events are scheduled as well, including exhibits, a walking tour of Poe’s Philadelphia, dramatized performances of “The Raven” and several Poe short stories.