Month: October 2015

William Faulkner and the 1962 Ole Miss Football Team: "The Ghosts of Ole Miss"

During one of the class periods for my course on Ernest J. Gaines and his influences, I had my students watch the ESPN 30 for 30 film Ghosts of Ole Miss. (For Wright Thompson’s article on the film’s subject, go to ESPN.com.) I saw this documentary when it originally aired, and at the time, I knew that I had a couple of problems with … Read More William Faulkner and the 1962 Ole Miss Football Team: "The Ghosts of Ole Miss"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens and #boycottstarwarsvii

Last week, I, like millions of others, waited for the premiere of the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during the Monday Night Football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. For me, the trailer did not disappoint, and as I sat there with my son, a feeling of nostalgia crept over me as I thought back to the impact the … Read More Star Wars: The Force Awakens and #boycottstarwarsvii

Brother Ali and P.O.S. and the American Dream

The past couple of posts have touched on the American Dream, and after talking about Lecrae’s “Welcome to America,” I want to take the opportunity to share a couple of more songs with you that may be beneficial when discussing the topic with students in the classroom. The first song is Brother Ali’s “Only Life I Know.” In the video above, Ali breaks down … Read More Brother Ali and P.O.S. and the American Dream

Lecrae’s "Welcome to America" and the American Dream

Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms Posters  Last post, I shared with you a syllabus I constructed entitled “The City in American Literature.” Coinciding with that previous post, I want to take the time to write briefly about David Kamp’s 2009 Vanity Fair article entitled “Rethinking the American Dream” and Lecrae’s “Welcome to America.” Both the article and song deal with our perceptions of the American Dream … Read More Lecrae’s "Welcome to America" and the American Dream

"The City in American Literature: New Orleans, Chicago, and New York" Syllabus

Over that past year, I have posted various syllabi to provide teachers and students with ideas for possible courses and to open up discussions about various topics and themes in literature. Today, I would like to share with you a course I taught a couple of years ago entitled “The City in American Literature: New Orleans, Chicago, and New York.” As I thought about … Read More "The City in American Literature: New Orleans, Chicago, and New York" Syllabus