Kiron Ward reviews the debates and panels at the forefront of this year’s Wikimania conference, held in London. Continue reading
You’re stranded on a desert island, but luckily you pre-empted it. Which book do you take with you?
“This is a horrible, horrible question. I never have just one book with me. However, I’m going to pretend that my house is on fire and I can only rescue one. That would be my signed copy of Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. It’s my favourite book. It’s beautifully written and every time I read it I get something different from it.” Continue reading
Here, I will look at two memorials to major wars in American history and their representations in mainstream television drama – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in a fourth season episode of The X-Files entitled ‘Unrequited’ (Michael Lange, 1997), and the Korean War Veterans Memorial in a first season episode of The West Wing entitled ‘In Excelsis Deo’ (Alex Graves, 1999). Do they use memorials in a celebratory fashion, or to question and challenge the purpose of the wars to which the monuments are dedicated? Does their representation signal an affirmation of national unity as in the case of The West Wing, or, as in The X-Files, is it indicative of the fracturing and disintegration of this construct? Continue reading
By ignoring the lack of innovation in fiction after “9/11,” and by continuing to privilege the representation of a singular “event” as the cornerstone of a national literature, American Unexceptionalism can only partially commit to dismantling the exceptionalism played upon by its title. Continue reading
If you could time-travel to observe one moment in the history of America, where would you go?
“I’d probably travel back to 9 April, 1939 and stand with the 75,000 people that gathered to see Marian Anderson perform a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. It’s an often overlooked moment in civil rights history, but definitely a very significant one!” Continue reading
In June, Dr Sue Currell, BAAS Chair and Reader in American Literature at the University of Sussex, outlined some invaluable advice for when applying for academic jobs. In today’s post, Sue turns her attention to the interview process. Continue reading
Hannah-Rose Murray explores celebrity encounters in her review of the ‘How to Define Celebrity’ conference, held at the University of Portsmouth. Continue reading
Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
“That’s a long list but I’ll try and give the short version. Terry Pratchett, Mary Shelly and J.R.R Tolkien would make up the literary section; from politics, Hilary Clinton, Lyndon B. Johnson, Harry Barnes Jr. and Salvador Allende.” Continue reading
Following the popularity of Sue Currell’s post on “Academic Job Applications: Do’s and Don’ts”, we thought it would be a good idea to consider what happens when you actually get invited to interview. Next week, we will be publishing Sue’s post on “Academic Job Interviews: Do’s and Don’ts” but today USSO co-editor Ben Offiler writes about his first academic interview experience:
“After deciding that my powder blue wedding tux wasn’t suitable for an interview I bought a new green suit (I know, a bold choice), having my own Pretty Woman moment in the process.” Continue reading
Citing the work of Alan Petigny, and also that of contemporary sexologists such as Alfred Kinsey, editor Eric Schaefer claims that ‘what constituted the sexual revolution was not only a change in manners and morals; that had already been occurring discretely in minds and bedrooms across the nation. It was the fact that sex was no longer a private matter that took place behind closed doors’. (3) Featuring fifteen chapters by sixteen different authors, Sex Scene seeks to argue that ‘what we have come to understand as the sexual revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s was actually a media revolution’. Continue reading