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Saturday, November 30, 2019

November 30-December 1, 2019: November 2019 Recap

[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
November 4: 9 Years of AmericanStudier: Origin Points: An anniversary meta-series kicks off with the more overt and more subtle reasons why I began AmericanStudier.
November 5: 9 Years of AmericanStudier: Personal Benefits: The series continues with three of the many ways I’ve benefitted from blogging.
November 6: 9 Years of AmericanStudier: Sharing Your Voices: Three stages in my evolving and increasingly central goal of featuring other voices on the blog, as the series rolls on.
November 7: 9 Years of AmericanStudier: Other Online Gigs: Tracing a parallel online writing personal history, across my three most extended such gigs.
November 8: 9 Years of AmericanStudier: What’s Next: The series concludes with plans for the blog’s future, and a plea for your input!
November 9-10: Must-Read Scholarly Blogs: A special weekend post on some of the individual and group scholarly blogs that have inspired and continued to inspire my own!
November 11: Veterans’ Week: A Veteran Performance: A Veterans’ Day series kicks off with the film and performance that help us consider the full spectrum of veterans’ experiences.
November 12: Veterans’ Week: Band of Brothers: The series continues with commemoration and remembrance in the WWII miniseries.
November 13: Veterans’ Week: “The Red Convertible”: The powerful short story that helps us consider both PTSD and Native American veterans, as the series rolls on.
November 14: Veterans’ Week: African Americans in World War I: Two opposed yet interconnected ways to better remember a community of veterans.
November 15: Veterans’ Week: Veterans Against the War(s): The series concludes with a longstanding veterans’ community we hardly ever recognize, and my personal connection to it.
November 16-17: Kent Rose’s Guest Post: How I Got to Nelson Algren: My latest Guest Post, featuring the great singer/songwriter Kent Rose on his experiences with a largely forgotten novelist.
November 18: Local Color Stories: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”: On the anniversary of its publication, Twain’s story and its use of a frame narrator/structure kicks off a series on American local color fiction.
November 19: Local Color Stories: “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”: The series continues with the far more serious story that both relies upon and challenges stereotypes.
November 20: Local Color Stories: “The Revolt of Mother”: A writer and story that are anything but slight or narrow, as the series rolls on.
November 21: Local Color Stories: “Under the Lion’s Paw”: How a 130-year old short story can speak as profoundly to our own moment as it did its own.
November 22: Local Color Stories: “The Goophered Grapevine”: The series concludes with my favorite author and the dangers and possibilities of working with a hugely popular genre.
November 23-24: Teaching Local Color: A special weekend post, on how three classes of mine illustrate three distinct pedagogical roles for local color stories.
November 25-29: Sabbatical Thanks: For Thanksgiving, three of the reasons I’m so thankful for my Fall 2019 sabbatical, from a book tour to a new book to afternoons with my sons.
Next series starts Monday,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!

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