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Scott Peeples


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Scott Peeples teaches courses in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature, as well as first-year writing. He has published two books on Edgar Allan Poe and numerous essays on nineteenth-century American literature. Peeples is a past president of the Poe Studies Association and serves as a consulting editor for the journal Poe Studies.


1994 - Ph.D., American Literature, Louisiana State University

1989 - M.A., English, College of William and Mary

1985 - B.A., American Studies, Georgetown University

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-century American literature and culture
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Gothicism


"Poe, Brennan Farm, and the Literary Life." Poe Studies 49 (2016): 5-18.

“Unburied Treasure: Edgar Allan Poe in the South Carolina Lowcountry” (with photographs by Michelle Van Parys). Southern Cultures 22.2 (2016): 5-22.

“‘That Name’ll Never Be Worth Anything’: Poe’s Image on Film.” Edgar Allan Poe Review 16.2 (2015): 169-83.

“The City Mystery Novel.” The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol. 5. New York and Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014. 548-63.

“‘To Reproduce a City’: New York Letters and the Urban American Renaissance.”  Poe and the Remapping of Antebellum Print Culture, ed. J. Gerald Kennedy and Jerome McGann (Louisiana State Univ. Press, 2012), 101-22.

"Poemania: Algunas Reflexiones Acerca del Bicentenario en America" (translated by Ricardo Marin Ruiz). Barcarola: Revista de Creacion Literaria 74/75 (2010): 191-95.

"Where Were Douglass and Melville on April 15, 1865?" Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 10.2 (2008): 37-49.

"Teaching Poe the Magazinist." Approaches to Teaching the Poetry and Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe (Modern Language Association, 2008).

The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe (Camden House, 2004; paperback, 2007.)

“Love and Theft in the Carolina Lowcountry.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture and Theory 60.2 (2004): 33-56.

More publications and research cv available here.