In the introduction to the latest issue of the journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures editor Heather Snell offers analysis of representations President Donald Trump as a child. The piece is open access, and titled "Child King." Snell sees uses of both positive and negative constructions of "the child" in how Trump is discussed, as well as a parent/child relationship in Pence/Trump that inverts representations of Obama/Biden in popular memes.
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If you haven't seen it already, I suspect a few H-AMSTDYers will be interested in one of the latest H-Diplo publications titled "Donald Trump Versus American Exceptionalism: Toward the Sources of Trumpian Conduct ." In it, the author argues Trump asserts a "normal nationalism, extreme but not exceptional." It entails a large scale re-framing of American self-identity away from the "city on a hill" to something like a Third World Country and international lau
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Thanks for this link to Boone Hall Plantation. It really is ghastly.
I've never seen scholarship, but Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' plantation wedding got a lot of press, not all of it negative. The bad press was exacerbated, however, by her following move: to romanticize the Antebellum era on her now-defunct website, Preserve. Might make an interesting case study at least. Apparently this plantation was/is a popular site in SC for weddings. http://www.boonehallplantation.com/. Also, The Notebook was filmed there. So you're on to something; there's a link between the slave era and white romance.
Yes, there are a lot of articles on it, in particular after the Paula Deen scandal.
I re-read my posting and I realize I should have used the word "contemporary."
I think the topic involves, race, place, religion, architecture, identity, and historical memory and would be a topic to explore.
I must admit I assumed you were talking about weddings on plantations during slavery. Interesting. I had no idea there was a current practice of plantation weddings. A little google search informs that apparently this is a thing. For those as unaware as I, here's a 2014 article in Salon and A 2017 article on attn.com. Startling stuff.