Saturday, March 2, 2019
March 2-3, 2019: February 2019 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
February 4: The Philippine American War: Spanish American War Origins: On the anniversary of its opening shots, how the Philippine American War reframes our memories of the war it extended.
February 5: The Philippine American War: Emilio Aguinaldo: The series continues with three telling 1890s stages in the career of the revolutionary leader.
February 6: The Philippine American War: Mark Twain and Imperialism: A couple ways to contextualize a complex and important essay, as the series rolls on.
February 7: The Philippine American War: War or Insurrection?: Why what might seem to be a semantic distinction in how we refer to the conflict is anything but.
February 8: The Philippine American War: Filipino Americans: A few inspiring examples of wartime and post-war Filipino American identities and stories.
February 9-10: The Philippine American War: Legacies: The series concludes with some significant ways the war has echoed down through subsequent histories.
February 11: Movies I Love: Thunderheart: A Valentine’s week series kicks off with three of the many reasons I love Michael Apted’s 1992 mystery thriller.
February 12: Movies I Love: Glory: The series continues with three of the many moving, challenging, vital moments in the 1989 historical drama.
February 13: Movies I Love: Chinatown: A classic film noir mystery that’s also pitch-perfect historical fiction, as the series screens on.
February 14: Movies I Love: Memento: The dark, cynical, and unquestionably human final words of a contemporary American classic.
February 15: Movies I Love: The Opposite of Sex and You Can Count on Me: The series concludes with two wonderful recent films that challenge and enrich our images of family.
February 16-17: Joe Moser’s Guest Post on Steve McQueen and 12 Years a Slave: A special weekend Guest Post from my friend, colleague, and favorite contemporary FilmStudier.
February 18: Film Non-Favorites: Scorcese: The annual post-Valentine’s non-favorites series kicks off with the distinctly American problem with the acclaimed filmmaker.
February 19: Film Non-Favorites: The Big Short and Vice: The series continues with the value and limits of satire when it comes to contemporary, contested events.
February 20: Film Non-Favorites: The Coen Brothers: Three alternative films that contrast with more acclaimed Coen Brothers works, as the series grumbles on.
February 21: Film Non-Favorites: The Shining: Why I greatly prefer the ending and tone of King’s novel to Kubrick’s film.
February 22: Film Non-Favorites: Prequel Trilogies: The series concludes with two fundamental flaws of prequels revealed by the Star Wars and Hobbit trilogies.
February 23-24: Crowd-sourced Non-Favorites: One of my favorite crowd-sourced posts of the year, a collective airing of grievances—add yours in comments, please!
February 25: The Salem Witch Trials: Causes: For the Witch Trials’ anniversary, a series kicks off with three stages in how we’ve tried to explain a seemingly inexplicable historical horror.
February 26: The Salem Witch Trials: Tituba: The series continues with a couple significant histories that the mysterious figure helps us better remember.
February 27: The Salem Witch Trials: Giles and Martha Corey: The danger and necessity of looking closer at our historical heroes, as the series rolls on.
February 28: The Salem Witch Trials: The Mathers: Three generations of a family that embodies the first century of Puritan New England.
March 1: The Salem Witch Trials: Collective Memories: The series and month conclude with two distinct but perhaps interconnected ways to remember Salem and the Witch Trials.
Next series starts Monday,
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