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, aesthetics, 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 him on Twitter: @RyanPoll2 and feel free to contact him via e-mail: [email protected]

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Is a Feminist Revolution Unfolding on 'Game of Thrones' and 'Twin Peaks'? | 9 Aug 2017 // 10:00 PM

Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks share cultural DNA in their pervasive and structural violence against women, yet both seem to be transforming into unlikely forms of feminism on television.

'Puffin Rock' Opens Up a World of Ecological Imagination for Children | 12 Jul 2017 // 9:00 PM

What differentiates Puffin Rock from its peers in the crowded market space of children’s educational programming is its commitment to place and how it imagines authority.


'Zombies, Migrants, and Queers' Make for a Monstrous Economy | 19 Jun 2017 // 4:30 AM

One of the intellectual strengths of Fojas’ book is how she consistently surprises in historicizing and theorizing neoliberalism.

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

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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