112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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American Literature before 1865 II

Session Chair: 
Stephanie Harper, California State University, Northridge
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
Marriott Salon I


  1. Jessica Wojtysiak, "California State University, Bakersfield"
    Edgar Allan Poe's correspondence with T.W. White and the textual similarities between the two stories support the identification of John William Polidori's "The Vampyre" as the likely source for Poe's "Berenice." Poe selected Polidori's mundane tale to elevate aesthetically but omitted explicit mention of the vampire motif to avoid appearing derivative.
  2. Martin W Kevorkian, University of Texas, Austin
    It’s been suggested that “Bartleby” tests and rejects three modes of being: in the world and of it; in the world but not of it; neither in the world nor of it. This paper explores the omitted (and surviving) alternative: to be of the world, but not in it.
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