Russell Potter

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Education
Occupation Professor of English
Location Rhode Island, United States
Introduction Russell Potter is Professor of English at Rhode Island College. He speciality is the history of polar exploration (Arctic Spectacles, 2007), with a focus on the the lost 1845 Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin; his 2016 book, Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search,details the long search for evidence of the expedition. In 2022, along with Peter Carney, Regina Koellner, and Mary Williamson, he has edited a volume containing all the known letters to and from Franklin's men: May We Be Spared to Meet on Earth: Letters of the Lost Franklin Arctic Expedition; the publisher is McGill-Queen's University Press.
Interests Arctic Exploration, Victorian Visual Culture, Pre-cinema, Early Film, Panoramas, Magic Lanterns, Dioramas, Shadow Plays, Toy Theatres, Charles Dickens, Rare Books, Printmaking, Illustrated Newspapers, Penny Gaffs, Vagabonds, Sturdy Beggars, Coffee Shops, Terry Gilliam, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Steampunk, L. Frank Baum, Sherlock Holmes
Favorite Movies The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Pan's Labyrinth, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, 49th Parallel, Let the Right One In, Modern Times, City of Lost Children
Favorite Books Our Mutual Friend, The Barnum Museum, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Swallow, The Accursed Share, Untimely Meditations, Lanark