Archive for the 'America' Category

#BookHour: Reading the Literatures of the Americas in Public

I am really pleased and excited to be part of a recent initiative led by U.S. Studies Online called #bookhour. Basically it is a monthly discussion on Twitter about a pre-selected title, usually a new/recent release or an American Classic that has been re-released in a new edition. I was asked to join the #bookhour team […]

Three Halloween Costumes Inspired by American Short Stories

In the spirit of Halloween I have come up with three simple costumes inspired by 19th century American short stories. Whether you are a somewhat troubled trickster or a passive treater there’s something for everyone. For the more passive trick or treater….. Rip Van Winkle! Yes, this guy is really easy. He comes from a […]

“Jus’ and ol’ Graveyard Ghost”: Past and Present in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Bruce Springsteen’s, “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”

*This was originally published in my MA in American Literature and Film Research Journal (March 2010)* “You can get killed just for living/ In your American skin” – Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)” This post examines the continuing relevance of John Steinbeck’s social and cultural vision in The Grapes of Wrath. It shall be […]

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: A Legacy of Racially Motivated Murder in the U.S.

I join the masses in shock and horror at the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was on trial for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on the 12th February 2012 in Florida. Martin was a 17 year old black teenager and was unarmed when he was shot twice by Zimmerman. The […]

From Text to Screen: A [tele]Vision of Stephen King’s Works

I recently read about J.J. Abrams’ wish to purchase the rights to Stephen King’s 11/22/63 with a view to creating  a miniseries or TV series. This news comes as many King fans await the premiere of the Under the Dome (CBS) series in June 2013. The notion of Abrams taking point on Kings time-travelling novel is not unattractive. […]

A Marine Story (2010): From Sexuality to Sexism in the U.S. Military

“A decorated Marine officer unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp, but when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them. A MARINE STORY [Directed by Ned Farr] highlights the absurdity of the military ban […]

U.S. Women and Abortion: An Infographic

Bibliographic sources for the information presented in the above image can be viewed here. This infographic is a creative way to provide people with facts rather than fictions. Similar Post: Contraception, Abortion and Invisible Fences: A Brief Look at Church and State in the U.S. and Ireland.

The Geography of Hate Versus The Geography of Marriage Equality in the U.S.

Above is the Geography of Hate Map of Homophobia in the U.S. (It also visualises racist and disability slurs). The project, headed by Monica Stephens of Humboldt State University, aims to do the following: The prominence of debates around online bullying and the censorship of hate speech prompted us to examine how social media has […]

“We Must Not Always Talk in the Market-Place of What Happens to Us in the Forest”: Victim Blaming is Our Scarlet Letter

“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850 Are we all born with scarlet letters, unseen until someone or something makes them visible? Like unlucky lottery scratch cards, a letter rubbed raw, eczematous, infectious: one for every woman who dares to speak out against rape and sexual assault. […]

Steubenhell on Earth

Welcome to Earth: Where victims are blamed, where rapists are mollycoddled, where football is more important than #humanrights #Steubenville — Donna M. Alexander (@americasstudies) March 19, 2013   Steubenville is now synonymous with hell. It is no longer just a geographical location, but an event, a moment in time when humanity failed to be humane. […]