Book Reviews: Anthologizing Poe: Editions, Translations, and (Trans)National Canons (Lehigh UP, 2020)

Anthologizing Poe: Editions, Translations, and (Trans)National Canons
Series: Perspectives on Edgar Allan Poe
Pages: 414
Trim: 6 x 9
August 2020
Hardback •  $125.00 • (£96.00)
eBook • August 2020 • $118.50 • (£92.00)

エムロン・エスプリン先生とマルガリータ・ヴァリ・ディ・ガトー先生編集によるAnthologizing Poe:  Editions, Translations, and (Trans)National Canons(リーハイ大学出版、2020年;2020年度 J・ラスリー・ダムロン賞受賞)の書評をまとました!本書には、巽先生のご論文 “Editing and Anthologizing Poe in Japan”が収録されています。

Anthologizing Poe constitutes a landmark in the appreciation of how thousands of readers across generations have approached Poe: anthologies. The subject of this book has not always been the target of academic debate, so Esplin and Vale de Gato have come to offset that by gathering some of the most influential voices on Poe today. ---Jose Manuel Correoso Ródenas, Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, vol. 25, 2021.

Anthologizing Poe is an ambitious effort to provide an overview of some of the ways in which the writings of one of the most internationally recognized American writers have been packaged by editors and translators since the mid-nineteenth century. This is the first time a canonical American writer has been comprehensively studied in this way. The work here on Edgar Allan Poe is pioneering and important, and hopefully it will inspire anthologizing editions of other writers in the American canon such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson. Emron Esplin and Margarida Vale de Gato do an excellent job collecting essays both on endeavors to package Poe’s writings during his own lifetime as well during the course of the 170 years following his death in 1849. ---Jeffrey R. Di Leo, “Packaging Poe,” Poe Studies, vol. 54, 2021.

Anthologizing Poe: Editions, Translations and (Trans)National Canons thus provides readers with what the title points at: a rich panorama of Poe’s presence, in different spaces and times, as well as a diverse picture of how his works were received, read, and reinterpreted by different publishers, editors, translators, and illustrators. The rich introduction opening the collection offers an in-depth analysis of anthology studies, the different theories regarding how anthologies are conceived, and the possible paths toward further studies. In all, the book caters toward anyone interested in Poe’s works as well as anthology and translation studies. Poe scholars and undergraduate and graduate students working on Poe’s works would certainly benefit from the book as well. ---Renata Philippov, Poe Review, vol. 22, 2021.