Categoriearchief: (New) Media

Fabricating Authenticity

Happy new year! Recently I’ve been following (and somewhat half-heartedly participating in) a discussion on Twitter about authenticity. Half-heartedly because it quickly proved impossible for me to say anything meaningful in 140 characters about it. There are provocative nuggets of … Lees verder

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FDR as an American Body

This is the first in a series of short blog posts in which I hope to summarize briefly what I have been trying to argue at the various conferences I have attended over the last month. The first was in … Lees verder

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Werewolves, Nazis & Their Hunters: Lonesome Wanderers or Contagious Group Creatures?

I like to believe I’m efficient. I don’t keep a strict distance between my work and the rest of my life, which means I can work with a baby in my lap, and do household chores while mulling over a … Lees verder

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FDR Footage in the News

The above is the newly discovered clip of FDR being driven in his wheelchair. The news is spectacular in the sense that no such material was available before. Roosevelt was keen not to be filmed or photographed in his wheelchair … Lees verder

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FDR American Badass!

In the context of my current investigation of how the Second World War – and Roosevelt in relation to the war – have acquired their iconic status in American memory and popular culture, I try to watch all war movies … Lees verder

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Are Visual (or Cinematic?) Representations Likelier to Be Celebratory?

As we have seen in the previous two posts, a novel that makes conjectures about what would have happened if Roosevelt had not been president during the Second World War, easily sparks discussion. What is the underlying point such a … Lees verder

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True or False? FDR Collected Stamps

One famous anecdote about FDR is that he collected stamps. This for instance plays a role in Philip Roth’s novel The Plot Against America and the recent movie Hyde Park on Hudson (starring Bill Murray). This picture of Roosevelt with … Lees verder

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Wednesday – Memory Day: Towards a More Visual Culture

On the day America officially ended its neutrality in World War Two and declared war on Japan, Roosevelt held his iconic Infamy Speech, which was filmed as footage for newsreels,. Roosevelt did not object to being filmed, but he also … Lees verder

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My week (and some more murals)

First of all: thanks to everybody who responded (online or in real life) to my plea for help with interpreting art & architecture – you’ve made my week. Seriously, you’ve been super helpful, to the point that it feels slightly … Lees verder

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Autofabrication through Post Office Murals? (A Plea for Help)

As you will have gathered from some of my previous posts (like this one and this one) and from my radio silence in the last few days: I am very busy writing a chapter – two actually – about Roosevelt’s … Lees verder

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