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Saturday, April 29, 2023

April 29-30, 2023: April 2023 Recap

[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]

April 3: NeMLA Reflections: My Panel on Niagara Falls: A series reflecting on great papers from this year’s Northeast MLA conference kicks off with the panel I chaired on Niagara Falls in US pop culture.

April 4: NeMLA Reflections: Toshiaki Komura on the Poetry of Internment: The series continues with a great paper on three generations of Japanese internment poetry.

April 5: NeMLA Reflections: Jennie Snow on Eric Nguyen and Homelands: My new FSU colleague Jennie Snow’s great paper on Nguyen’s novel and “homeland security,” as the series reflects on.

April 6: NeMLA Reflections: Robin Field on Postpartum Depression: My friend and Guest Poster Robin Field’s great paper on Helen Dunmore and the literature of pregnancy.

April 7: NeMLA Reflections: Elise Takehana on Making Meaning of Maps: The series concludes with my colleague Elise Takehana’s great paper on experimental writing.

April 8-9: The Limits and Potential of Scholarly Organizations: A special weekend post on NeMLA, the AHA, & what scholarly organizations can’t and can do.

April 10: Remembering Reconstruction: The Freedmen’s Bureau: A series inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Colfax Massacre kicks off with why the Bureau failed, and two inspiring legacies nonetheless.

April 11: Remembering Reconstruction: African American Legislators: The series continues with three of the more than 1500 African Americans who held office during Reconstruction.

April 12: Remembering Reconstruction: Andrew Johnson: Three telling stages in the life and career of one of our worst presidents, as the series remembers on.

April 13: Remembering Reconstruction: Massacres: As we seek to better remember the Colfax Massacre, that and a couple others of Reconstruction’s far too frequent moments of mass violence.

April 14: Remembering Reconstruction: Du Bois’ Vital Revisionism: The series concludes with a book that revised Reconstruction historiography, redefined an entire profession, and then went even further.

April 15-16: Remembering Reconstruction: Kidada Williams’ I Saw Death Coming: And speaking of great books, a special weekend post on a vital new book about the period.               

April 17: Soap Opera Studying: 1930s Origins: For Aaron Spelling’s centennial, a SoapOperaStudying series kicks off with five women who helped launch 1930s radio soaps.

April 18: Soap Opera Studying: The First TV Soaps: The series continues with AmericanStudies takeaways from the first three televised soap operas.

April 19: Soap Opera Studying: Telenovelas: Two ways a classic short story helps us understand a soap opera sub-genre, as the series bubbles on.

April 20: Soap Opera Studying: Parodies: What a few pitch-perfect TV and film soap opera parodies can add to the week’s conversation.

April 21: Soap Opera Studying: Aaron Spelling: The series concludes with a tribute to how the birthday boy helped primetime soaps walk a very fine line.

April 22-23: Crowd-sourced Soap Opera Studying: One of my latest crowd-sourced posts, featuring the responses and thoughts of fellow SoapOperaStudiers—add yours in comments!

April 24: Recent Scholarly Books: Amy Paeth on Poets Laureate: Inspired by the Williams weekend post, a series on other great recent scholarly books kicks off with a NeMLA Book Award winner.

April 25: Recent Scholarly Books: David Waldstreicher on Phillis Wheatley: The series continues with a great new bio on an iconic poet about which there’s plenty more to learn.

April 26: Recent Scholarly Books: Natasha Warikoo on Education: The two (2!) 2022 publications from my SSN Boston Chapter co-leader, as the series reads on.

April 27: Recent Scholarly Books: Three More from Me: My highlights conclude with three of the many great books I’ve been sent to review.

April 28: Crowd-sourced Recent Scholarship: And the series concludes with another crowd-sourced post, featuring more scholarly book highlights from me and others!

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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