Saturday, November 2, 2019
November 2-3, 2019: October 2019 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
September 30: Recent Reads: The Overstory: A series on great books I’ve recently read starts with Richard Powers’ ambitious, messy, vital climate change novel.
October 1: Recent Reads: The Nickel Boys: The series continues with Colson Whitehead’s stunning, bracing new novel.
October 2: Recent Reads: There There: How Tommy Orange’s debut novel importantly challenges my critical optimism, as the series reads on.
October 3: Recent Reads: Heaven, My Home: The newest mystery thriller from one of our great contemporary writers, Attica Locke.
October 4: Recent Reads: The Sweetest Fruits: The series concludes with the new historical novel from Monique Truong, which I’ll be teaching in my Spring Capstone course!
October 5-6: Crowd-sourced Recent Reads: Another great crowd-sourced post full of suggestions for further reading—add yours in comments!
October 7: Domestic Terrorism: The KKK: Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Days of Rage protests, a domestic terrorism series starts with under-remembered histories of our oldest such organization.
October 8: Domestic Terrorism: The Weathermen: On that anniversary, the series continues with the difficulty and importance of writing about domestic terrorists with whose positions we agree.
October 9: Domestic Terrorism: McVeigh and Militias: How to see the Oklahoma City bomber as a “lone wolf” and why we shouldn’t, as the series rolls on.
October 10: Domestic Terrorism: Edward Abbey and Environmental Terrorism: Three distinct and contrasting ways to contribute to environmental activism.
October 11: Domestic Terrorism: Cultural Representations: The series concludes with three cultural texts that reflect three different perspectives on domestic terrorists.
October 12-13: 21st Century Domestic Terrorism: A special weekend post featuring an excerpt from my new book on how to contextualize contemporary domestic terrorists and mass shooters.
October 14-20: Present and Future Book Talks for We the People: Speaking of that new book, a brief update on my current and future talks—and a request for ideas for more!
October 21: The 1850 Women’s Rights Convention: Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis: A series on a forgotten Worcester convention starts with the Renaissance woman who served as its president.
October 22: The 1850 Women’s Rights Convention: Sarah H. Earle: The series continues with the local convention organizer who embodies the era’s many different forms of social activism.
October 23: The 1850 Women’s Rights Convention: Sojourner Truth: The benefits and limitations of remembering a striking individual’s communal contexts, as the series rolls on.
October 24: The 1850 Women’s Rights Convention: The Men: Remembering, but not over-emphasizing, the male participants at a women’s rights convention.
October 25: The 1850 Women’s Rights Convention: Harriet Martineau and Harriet Taylor Mill: The series concludes with two English women who reveal the convention’s Transatlantic influences.
October 26-27: Ariella Archer’s Guest Post: My Scary Thoughts: The Evolution of Three Horror Subgenres: A Halloween series kicks off with my latest Guest Post, the great Ariella Archer on past and present evolutions of horror films!
October 28: ScaryStudying: Scary Stories: My annual HalloweenStudying begins with my analytical prejudice against scary stories, and how House of Leaves helped challenge that perspective.
October 29: ScaryStudying: Five Masterpieces: The series continues with a handful of the spookiest works in American literature—and a bunch more nominations in comments!
October 30: ScaryStudying: American Horror Stories?: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s complaint about the difficulties of writing Gothic stories in America, and how to find horror in the everyday here.
October 31: ScaryStudying: The Shinings: How the endings of Stephen King’s and Stanley Kubrick’s Shinings embody hopeful and cynical forms of horror, as the series scares on.
November 1: ScaryStudying: Sleepy Hollow: The series concludes with the foundational scary story that’s also an ironic American origin story.
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