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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Benjamin Fisher

Professor Emeritus


  • Ph.D., Duke University (1969)
  • M.A., Duke University (1963)
  • B.A., Ursinus College (1962)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • American literature (mainly 19th century, but up to 1940)
  • Victorian literature (particular specialty in 1890s)
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Gothicism
  • Detective Fiction
  • Turn-of-the-century (19-20) women writers

Selected Publications

  • Guest Editor for a Bicentenary Poe issue of Gothic Studies, forthcoming in late 2009.
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Edgar Allan Poe. Cambridge UP, Sep. 2008
  • “Mourning and Eve(ning): Teaching Poe’s Poetry.” Approaches to Teaching Poe’s Prose and Poetry, ed. Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock and Tony Magistrale. New York: MLA, 2008: 81-87
  • “Poe and the 1890s: A View from A Century After” [special issue honoring G. R. Thompson, guest eds. Steven Frye and Eric Carl Link]. Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism: History, Theory, Interpretation 39-40 (2006-2007): 28-38 [actually published November 2008]
  • “Southern Gothic,” The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, UP of Mississippi, 2008. Vol 9 [Literature, ed. M. Thomas Inge] : 145-151
  • Editor, The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe. (Barnes and Nobles Classics, 2004)
  • The Very Spirit of Cordiality: The Literary Uses of Alcohol and Alcoholism in the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (Edgar Allan Poe Society, 1978)
  • The Gothic’s Gothic (Garland, 1988)
  • Frederick Irving Anderson (1877-1947): A Biobibliography (Brownstone (paper), 1987; Borgo (cloth),1988)
  • Editor, Poe and His Times: The Artist in His Milieu (Edgar Allan Poe Society, 1990)
  • Various articles on American, Victorian, and Gothic topics

Other Professional Activities

  • Delivered the Albert Sidney Johnson, Sr. lecture at Brewton-Parker College, 2 April 2009.
  • Keynote Speaker for the Mississippi Philological Association Conference, 30 January 2008.

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