Cheap Poe

Sandra Tomc

University of British Columbia

Sandra Tomc is a Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. She specializes in early nineteenth-century U.S. print culture with an emphasis on Poe. She is the author of Industry and the Creative Mind: The Eccentric Writer in American Literature and Entertainment, 1790-1860 (University of Michigan Press, 2012). Her articles appear in American Literature, Representations, American Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and the Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe. Her current project on unpaid work in early nineteenth century U.S. publishing is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


This paper examines an overlooked but critical feature of the antebellum era’s publishing economy: the influence wielded by seemingly worthless literary matter. In part, this worthless matter was comprised of any unwanted,... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Sandra Tomc (University of British Columbia)

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P06 » Surplus, Circulation, and the Public Sphere in Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture (08:30 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment F)

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