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Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1-2, 2014: February 2014 Recap

[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]

February 3: House Histories: Salem and the East: A series on House of the Seven Gables connections starts with Salem’s striking links to the Far East.
February 4: House Histories: Loyalists: The series continues with the House’s lens into one of the most under-remembered American communities.
February 5: House Histories: Hawthorne’s Houses: The different but equally compelling ways to think about Hawthorne’s inspirations for his fictional house, as the series rolls on.
February 6: House Histories: Caroline Osgood Emmerton: The inspiring life and work of the woman who turned the house into the House.
February 7: House Histories: Our Own Broad Daylight: The series concludes with how the House helps us engage with the literay and communal presence of the past.
February 8-9: Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello’s Guest Post: But wait! The series is extended with my most recent Guest Post, from one of Salem’s most thoughtful and talented AmericanStudiers.
February 10: I Love The Wire’s Characters: A Valentine’s Day series begins with three of my favorite American Study-able characters from my favorite TV show.
February 11: I Love Du Bois to His Daughter: The series continues with lessons we can all take away from one of the most loving texts by my favorite American.
February 12: I Love the New Bruce: The two entirely distinct but equally interesting most recent albums by my favorite artist, as the series continues.
February 13: I Love All the King’s Men: A couple of the many things that put Robert Penn Warren’s historical novel right near the top of my list of all-time favorites.
February 14: I Love My Job: The series concludes with two reasons why this is a really great gig.
February 15-16: Crowd-Sourced Love: A lovely crowd-sourced post in which fellow AmericanStudiers share some of their loves—add yours in comment, please!
February 17: YA Lit: Little House on the Prairie: A series inspired by my boys’ transition to chapter books begins with what we can and can’t learn from the classic children’s series.
February 18: YA Lit: Encyclopedia Brown: The series continues with the youthful fun and adult mysteries at the heart of one of our most enduring series.
February 19: YA Lit: The Giver: On why “banning” books is always quite as objectionable as it sounds, as the series rolls on.
February 20: YA Lit: Captain Underpants: The undeniable appeal, but also a definite drawback, of extreme silliness, as exemplified by the popular recent series.
February 21: YA Lit: Doctor Proctor: The series concludes with the books that illustrate what’s lost in translation and what definitely isn’t.
February 22-23: Crowd-Sourced YA Lit: Another crowd-sourced post, with fellow readers sharing their favorites, memories, and thoughts on the genre.
February 24: Short Shorts: Kate Chopin: A series inspired by our shortest month starts with the short short story that packs a whole lot into an hour.
February 25: Short Shorts: Ernest Hemingway: The series continues with the short short story that captures the varieties and vicissitudes of human life.
February 26: Short Shorts: Eudora Welty: The short short story that’s both deeply grounded and yet profoundly universal, as the series rolls on.
February 27: Short Shorts: Jamaica Kincaid: The short short story that captures the wit, precision, and thematic breadth and power of a truly unique author.
February 28: Short Shorts: Grace Paley: The series concludes with an exemplary effort by one of the all-time masters of the short short story.
Next series starts Monday,
Ben
PS. Topics or themes you’d like to see covered on the blog? Ideas for Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!

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