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Saturday, May 3, 2014

May 3-4, 2014: April 2014 Recap

[A recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
March 31: Baseball Stories: Play for a Kingdom: An Opening Day series on baseball and America starts with the Civil War novel and the sport’s contested origins.
April 1: Baseball Stories: The Given Day: The series continues with the historical novel that helps us AmericanStudy Babe Ruth, symbolism, and race in America.
April 2: Baseball Stories: Field of Dreams and The Brothers K: Divisive decades and histories and whether baseball can bring us back together, as the series rolls on.
April 3: Baseball Stories: South Street: Pessimism, optimism, realism, and baseball stories.
April 4: Baseball Stories: Boston Strong: The series concludes with the communal roles, and limits, of sports in the aftermath of tragedy.
April 5-6: Link-tastic Baseball Stories: A handful of great baseball writers and blogs to help us continue AmericanStudying the sport and its stories.
April 7: New AmericanStudies Books: The Dream of the Great American Novel: A series on exciting new AmericanStudies publications begins with a book that aims really high.
April 8: New AmericanStudies Books: The Negro in Illinois: The series continues with a long-awaited publication and what it adds to our conversations.
April 9: New AmericanStudies Books: Viewing America: A new book that takes 21st century American TV as seriously as it deserves, as the series rolls on.
April 10: New AmericanStudies Books: Failure and the American Writer: The next book in the evolving, exemplary career of one of our most interesting AmericanStudiers.
April 11: New AmericanStudies Books: Aggressive Fictions: The series concludes with a description of a new book that perfectly captures my public scholarly goals.
April 12-13: Crowd-sourced AmericanStudies Books: Fellow AmericanStudiers share books—scholarly and creative, new and classic—that have inspired them.
April 14: Animated History: Doctor Propaganda: A series on American animation begins with the surprising starting points of one of our greatest animators and storytellers.
April 15: Animated History: Peter Pan: The series continues with one of the most overtly racist animated sequences, and whether and how we should engage with it.
April 16: Animated History: The Princess and the Frog: Race, representation, and seeing ourselves and our histories onscreen, as the series rolls on.
April 17: Animated History: Frozen: Disney’s newest blockbluster and challenges to our expectations, less and more successful.
April 18: Animated History: The Lego Movie: The series concludes with a recent film that helps us explore the contradictions of childhood, consumerism, and culture.
April 19-20: Animated History: AnneMarie Donahue’s Guest Post: My most recent Guest Post rounds off the series by highlighting an American animator whose complex and controversial works we should better remember.
April 21: Patriot’s Day Special Post: My annual reflection on the easier and harder forms of patriotism kicks off a series on genuine American patriots.
April 22: How Would a Patriot Act?: Squanto: The series continues with my nominee for a 17th century genuine American patriot.
April 23: How Would a Patriot Act?: Quock Walker: My 18th century nominee for a genuine patriot, as the series rolls on.
April 24: How Would a Patriot Act?: Yung Wing: One of my very favorite Americans is also my nominee for a 19th century genuine patriot.
April 25: How Would a Patriot Act?: César Chávez: The series concludes with my 20th century nominee for a genuine American patriot.
April 26-27: How Would a Patriot Act?: You: But wait, the series is rounded off with a post on how you can add your voice to my AmericanStudying!
April 28: Reading New England Women: Catharine Maria Sedgwick: A series on authors and works we should all be reading starts with a very modern story about women and writing.
April 29: Reading New England Women: Elizabeth Stoddard: The series continues with a messy, compelling novel that’s got it all, and then some.
April 30: Reading New England Women: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: The fictional woman we should all get to know, and those she should have, as the series rolls on.
May 1: Reading New England Women: Mary Wilkins Freeman: The funny, fantastic, and deeply human story that demonstrates just how broad local fiction could be.
May 2: Reading New England Women: Sarah Orne Jewett: The series concludes with one of the most famous 19th century New England woman writers, and the work of hers that should still be better known.
Next series starts Monday,
Ben
PS. Topics you’d like to see addressed in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to write? Lemme know!

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