Ryan Poll

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 (Rutgers UP), examines how the fictional small town is used to frame and stage normative US narratives throughout the 19th-, 20th- and into the 21st century. Other publications include essays on Get Out, Bruce Springsteen, and detective fiction. He is currently finishing a manuscript entitled Aquaman and the War on Oceans: Comics Activism in the Anthropocene (U Nebraska P). Follow him on Twitter @RyanPoll2 and feel free to contact him via e-mail: r-poll@neiu.edu.
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