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So What If Poe Was Here? Identifying and Evaluating Virginia's Literary Landmarks

Kane, Emily Ann
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Kane, Emily Ann
Advisor
Howard, Alan
Abstract
The Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Historical Highway Markers program or the Virginia Landmarks Register, lists among its landmarks approximately 33 sites crediting their significance to some kind of writing, from important state and national documents to noteworthy creative fiction and poetry, journalistic endeavors or publications of biographical or instructional subject matters. These two vehicles for commemoration are part of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, which states its mission as being “to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources." Falling somewhere categorically between "historic" and "cultural," landmarks of literary value give to tourists and travelers a more substantial depiction of the history of the Commonwealth, but they also offer to visitors what the author John Deedy refers to as venues "where persons might commune with the spirit of those who helped create an American literature, or, in the cases of some, a literature that America shares by the reading." Why would someone want to commune with such spirits? And how does the visiting of a place benefit one interested in studying what is generally a field centering on the imagined? What does it mean to be a literary landmark? This site aims, through the identification and evaluation of such landmarks in Virginia, to investigate and answer these questions, as well as provide a source for historic literary sites commemorated by the Commonwealth.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of English, MA (Master of Arts), 2004
Published Date
2004-08
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Rights
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Notes
Originally published on the XRoads site for the UVA American Studies program. Years range from 1995-2005. Content is captured at the level of functionality available on the date of capture.
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
Related Resources
http://wayback.archive-it.org/5005/20141106173701/http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA04/kane/thesis/

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