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I contribute to New Books in American Studies and New Books in Gender Studies podcast network. I am a historian so I tend to favor history over theory. I do it because I enjoy talking to authors about books that are often neglected. I think most of us do not have time to read everything we would like to read so listening to a podcast is a way to get a sense of a book and where it fits in scholarship. This along with reviews can be very helpful. I listen to podcast myself, but only author/book/ or issue oriented. I would not listen to a podcast about writing or general professional advice.
Thank you to everyone on the list who provided such smart and generous suggestions—there are too many of you to name but I appreciate all of your assistance. As requested, I have compiled a list here of the texts and other resources recommended by the group. I hope others find these many suggestions helpful as well.
I'm developing a first-year writing course on U.S. Protest Literature, and I'm looking for sources on social media. Ideally, the sources would not only discuss social media as a platform for protest movements (although this would be welcome), but also address literary questions of genre, language, form, etc. I could use essays that will help me frame this unit as well as more accessible pieces to assign to students. Thanks!
You may wish to consider the short essays on individual American objects in Section VII of Hazel Carby and David Brody, eds., Design Studies: A Reader (Berg, 2009).
Also see Jules Prown and Kenneth Haltman, American Artifacts (Michigan State University Press, 2000).
"Object Lessons" is a series of essays and books edited by Ian Bogost and Christian Schaberg for The Atlantic and Bloomsbury. Not a few discuss American objects. See: http://objectsobjectsobjects.com/
Rachel Waltner Goossen, a historian at Washburn University, published an article on toys and nationalism in 2013 in _Peace & Change_ (volume 38, no. 3). Title is "Disarming the Toy Store and Reloading the Shopping Cart: Resistance to Violent Consumer Culture." I THINK that there is a collection of nonviolent toys created directly in opposition to nationalism and militarism out there in some Mennonite cultural archive, maybe the Kauffman Museum in Newton, Kansas--at least, they would be a good source to contact.