Ryan Poll
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Ryan Poll teaches in the English department at Northeastern Illinois University where his research focuses on the intersection of popular culture and politics. His first book, Main Street and Empire: The Fictional Small Town in the Age of Globalization, examines how the fictional small town is used to frame and stage normative US narratives and bodies throughout the 19th-, 20th- and into the 21st centuries. Other publications include essays on Twin Peaks, Bruce Springsteen, and detective fiction. Follow me on Twitter: @RyanPoll2 and feel free to contact me via e-mail: [email protected]

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American Gun Culture and the Political Aesthetics of Keith Maitland’s 'Tower' | 3 May 2017 // 10:00 PM

Tower seeks to awake us from our ideological slumber by returning us to the first mass school shooting in modern US history. Are we awake, yet?


The Politics of Happiness: 'Kushuthara: Pattern of Love' and Bhutanese Cinema | 3 Apr 2017 // 5:30 AM

In Bhutan's Kushuthara, happiness becomes a pronounced theme, one discussed and conceptualized in emotionally and ethically complex ways.

//Mixed media

Slowdive Sell Out Brooklyn and Release Bonus Song "30th June"

// Notes from the Road

"Although sound issues delayed their set on the second night, Slowdive put on an unforgettable show in Brooklyn, or rather two shows.

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