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Southern Lit faculty talk about Poe and “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Posted by: Julia Eichelberger | December 9, 2017 | No Comment |

Scott Peeples

Julia Eichelberger







In our 3rd post in the series “What We’re Saying About the South,” English professors give interviews on two Southern literary icons, Edgar Allan Poe and Harper Lee. Dr. Scott Peeples, who’s published numerous books and articles on Poe, spoke to SC ETV  this fall about Poe and his time spent in the Charleston area. A new American Masters documentary on Poe, “Buried Alive,” which aired this fall, included Dr. Peeples among other experts interviewed about Poe’s life and work. The new documentary doesn’t explore the period when Poe lived on Sullivan’s Island, though. If you want to learn more about that, you’ll enjoy Professor Peeples’s recent essay on Poe and the Lowcountry in Southern Cultures, which includes beautiful photos by C of C photography professor Michele Van Parys.

In response to October news stories about a Mississippi school district banning To Kill A Mockingbird, a Malaysian radio station asked Dr. Julia Eichelberger to share her thoughts on Harper Lee’s novel and the challenges and opportunities that arise when discussing racism in a classroom. You can hear her interview on the podcast “From the Forbidden Bookshelf” (find her portion of the interview at about 18 minutes into the program.)

Photography by Michelle Van Parys

under: C of C Program in Southern Studies, Charleston History, Southern Literature, Uncategorized

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