College of Liberal Arts

Department of English


J. Bowers

"Chasing Edgar: The Tourist Rhetoric of the Poe Bicentennial"

In 2009, six locales sought to attract tourists wishing to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday in style. This essay studies how they attempted to establish themselves as authentic Poe tourism destinations. Taking Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Richmond, the Bronx, and Sullivan's Island as case studies, it examines the visual and verbal rhetoric used in promotional materials and on websites to explore Poe's unique position in the literary tourist trade.




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