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Friday, March 18, 2016

March 19-20, 2016: Crowd-sourced Thrillers



[On March 18th, 1915, novelist Richard Condon was born—so in honor of the 100th birthday of this talented American writer, this week I’ve AmericanStudied political thrillers, one of the genres in which he wrote most prolifically. Leading up to this crowd-sourced weekend post featuring takes from fellow AmericanStudiers—add yours in comments, please!]
Just one blog response this week (I was too busy NeMLA-ing to request responses enough), but a really great one, on Twitter from J.D. Schnepf, who writes, “Is the Trump narrative a 'more extreme' thriller or are we dealing with a totally different genre? … House of Cards is a liberal thriller, and a Clinton thriller at that. Suggests scandal necessary to be good politician. … I agree Trump's different but I think it's a generic difference, one that appeals to a different base than the thriller.” She concludes, “I've been thinking about this stuff + wishing a media theorist would reframe the Trump phenomenon for the TV pundits,” and I’m really glad she’s done so for this blog!
Post-Northeast MLA conventon series starts Monday,
Ben
PS. What would you add to these crowd-ourced thoughts?

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