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Scott Peeples


In 26 years at the College of Charleston, Scott Peeples has taught a wide array of courses, with topics ranging from Gothicism to nineteenth-century American poetry to Bob Dylan. He has published extensively on Edgar Allan Poe and other nineteenth-century writers, most recently as author of The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City and as co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe. Dr. Peeples previously served as Chair of the English Department from 2012 to 2017. He is a past president of the Poe Studies Association and the Southeastern American Studies Association.


Ph.D., American Literature, Louisiana State University

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

B.A., American Studies, Georgetown University

Research Interests

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


“Listening to ‘The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest’ While Reading The Confidence-Man.” Leviathan 23 (2021), 73-81. 

“Biography, Intentionality, and Interpretation: Poe and ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue.’” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 9 (2021), 113-20. 

The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Editor, with J. Gerald Kennedy, The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe (Oxford University Press, 2019).

"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.