In case you’re new to Medium Cool, BGinCHI is here once a week to offer a thread on culture, mainly film & books, with some TV thrown in. (BG is aka Bradley Greenburg)
Arguments welcomed, opinions respected, fools unsuffered. We hope it’s a welcome break from the world of shit falling on our heads daily in the political sphere.
Tonight’s Topic: Literature and Art That Define a Region
Take it away, BG!
The MA course I’m teaching this fall is Southern Lit. I’ve taught it several times, and for each iteration I swap out probably 1/3 to 1/2 of the reading. I’m always looking for something interesting (especially recent) to slot into the late part of the course. I’m currently sorting that section of the syllabus, and it has me thinking about regional literatures (not just of the South).
For this week’s Medium Cool, let’s talk about regional literature, or other art forms that define, or represent, a region. Could be an area of the country (Midwest, Appalachia, PNW), or a state (recovering Hoosier here), or even something more local. It shouldn’t be something that’s just from there, but a work that situates the place’s placedness. Tell us how it does that.
After tonight, BG will be on vacation for two weeks – apparently that’s in his (nonexistent) BJ contract for Medium Cool! But we have done some advance planning, and we have a gaming post all set for you guys for next week on 8/5.
Last time we had a gaming thread on Medium Cool, a bunch of you came in late to the thread and said “I wish I had known we were going to be talking about this.” So please consider this your official advance notice!
We have another post teed up, scheduled for the week after that, on 8/12. BG won’t be participating in the vacation posts in real time, but I know he is going to want to read what you guys come up with in response to the 8/12 post, because it’s a good one.