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Monday Missive – June 11, 2018

Sequential Art and Storytelling — This coming weekend, fans of comic books, graphic novels, and manga will gather in Charlotte for the annual Heroes Convention, also known as HeroesCon.  One of the largest such conventions in the country, HeroesCon will take place at the Charlotte Convention Center from June 15–17.  The fact that this event is big enough to fill Charlotte’s largest venue for conventions is a clear indicator of the importance of these...

Monday Missive – June 4, 2018

Visiting Pippi Longstocking — When this Monday Missive shows up in your inbox, I will be in Vimmerby, Sweden, doing research related to Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking. In preparing for this trip, I come to realize that Lindgren holds a very prominent position in contemporary Swedish society.  There are numerous cites in Sweden where visitors can learn more about Lindgren and her novels about Pippi Longstocking.  I am focusing my trip on...

Reading Mark and John Side-by-Side: The Last Days of Jesus

Dear Reader:This is one of the most thorough and complex blog posts I have ever done based on years of careful textual work. It is not something to breeze through, though it is written clearly and simply. You will need your Bible out and a pad of paper but your diligence will be greatly rewarded! [...]...

Monday Missive – May 28, 2018

Learning about D-Day — The members of UNC Charlotte’s marching band are about to head off to Normandy, France, in order to participate in the ceremonies commemorating the 74th anniversary of D-Day.  This past weekend, The Charlotte Observer published an excellent article by Lawrence Toppman about the band’s upcoming trip.  Titled “Memories and Honor Go with Marching Band on Its Way to Normandy,” the article goes into detail about how...

Monday Missive – May 28, 2018

Weddings in Literature — With the world awash with news of the recent royal wedding, now seems an apropos time to write about the depiction of weddings in literary works.  I decided to focus on works that relate directly to courses that we regularly offer in the English Department.

Weddings figure prominently in several of William Shakespeare’s plays, but my favorite is A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  In this carnivalesque play, Shakespeare evokes...

New Introduction to The Sonic Episteme

I’ve made some major revisions to the intro of The Sonic Episteme, which you can read here....

Popular Feminism and Popular Music

I’m giving a talk Friday on Popular Music and Popular Feminism. Here’s the text....

Monday Missive – May 28, 2018

Learning about D-Day — The members of UNC Charlotte’s marching band are about to head off to Normandy, France, in order to participate in the ceremonies commemorating the 74th anniversary of D-Day.  This past weekend, The Charlotte Observer published an excellent article by Lawrence Toppman about the band’s upcoming trip.  Titled “Memories and Honor Go with Marching Band on Its Way to Normandy,” the article goes into detail about how...

Monday Missive – May 28, 2018

Weddings in Literature — With the world awash with news of the recent royal wedding, now seems an apropos time to write about the depiction of weddings in literary works.  I decided to focus on works that relate directly to courses that we regularly offer in the English Department.

Weddings figure prominently in several of William Shakespeare’s plays, but my favorite is A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  In this carnivalesque play, Shakespeare evokes...

Reading Mark and John Side by Side: Comparing our Earliest and Latest Sources

Gary Greenberg was kind enough to send me a copy of his fascinating new book, Proving Jesus’ Authority in Mark and John: Overlooked Evidence of a Synoptic Relationship (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018). I am just beginning to read it, so I will not attempt any kind of overview or review at this point, but the book has [...]...
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