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]
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.