We welcome your participation in the Rust Belt Literature group.
This group will host discussions of all types of literary responses to living in the Rust Belt, defined here as industrial communities in the United States. Those ho have been affected by the rust belt go beyond simply those who have grown up these. In a class-based society, people who have never lived anywhere near the rust belt may hold media-inspired attitudes about the Rust Belt and those who live there. We offer fresh exposure those not from the Rust belt, fresh air and news to those from the Rust Belt.
We may overlap at times with eco-literature, ethnic and race studies, labor fiction, and regional literature.
Gloria Lee McMillan started the topic Is The Music Man's "Gary, Indiana" song shockingly misplaced satire? in the discussion Rust Belt Literature on MLA Commons 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Anyone who has passed through Gary, Indiana, in the last thirty years and watched its tragically slow motion decline can only wonder when a Southwestern US theatre company mounts a new production of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Broadway Musical The Music Man which includes the song “Gary, Indiana”–the purported home of Harold Hill, a con man. This…[Read more]
‘Dirt’ and ‘Trash’ in Shakespeare’s _Romeo and Juliet_:
Update on the rhetoric of social stratification in R&J…
Gloria McMillan June 21, 2018
Shakespeare in early modern period of English culture demonstrates how modern exogamy (voluntarily marrying outside your group) rattles the social stratification structure in modern western societi…[Read more]
Gloria Lee McMillan started the topic Race in Chicago Story: Farrell "The Fastest Runner on 61st Street" in the discussion Rust Belt Literature on MLA Commons 5 months ago
Update on Rust Belt Lit. Projects for July 19, 2018
James T. Farrell’s (d. 1979) 1950 short story “The Fastest Runner on 61<sup>st</sup> Street, A Story” is set during the Chicago Race Riots of 1919.
I had this s…[Read more]
The Rust Belt is Mythical, too! is a rhetorical analysis of the media-generated rhetorical trope “The Rust Belt.” Why are few if any writers of fiction being published who deal with this large region? What is the effect of being called “The Rust Belt” upon creativity and cognitive development and/or writing anxiety?
Gloria Lee McMillan started the topic CFP: Rust Belt Literature panel for 3-6 Jan. 2019 MLA Conv. in Chicago in the discussion Rust Belt Literature on MLA Commons 8 months ago
(1) We hope to have the first Rust Belt Literature panel ever at the MLA at the next national convention in Chicago. We are INTERDISCIPLINARY: For instance Lit. and Sociology, Lit and race, Radical Causus, teaching of Lit., Creative Writing (!), Urban lit. 20th and 21st C. Lit., Lit. in Lang. other than English, Lit. and…[Read more]
The Stars our Destination is a story of overcoming anxieties and biases from war, as well as other growing up issues in a steel mill town. Over time, the three main characters gradually converge. Two women have nightmares involving the past and the old Prof. Daniel Blei lives off and on in a flood of troubling recollections. The conclusion will…[Read more]
The idea that the US media is biased against organized labor may seem too obvious to require comment and research, but the details are quite important to understanding to to communicate more effectively between voices of the labor community and voices of management. The common assumption that labor media coverage became more skewed with the…[Read more]
CFP: panel on Rust Belt Lit. at Chicago 2019 MLA Convention
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There has never before been a Rust Belt Discussion Group at the MLA, Not all of the midwest is de-industrialized. Arcelor-Mittal Steel is producing as much steel in East Chicago as in peak years, but now is owned by an Indian firm.
This call for participation reaches a number of groups and why your group. Using just my background in Chicago…[Read more]
A figure who should be back in our minds these days, British journalist/reformer William T. Stead came to cover the 1893 Chicago world’s fair and wrote If Christ came to Chicago about the “philistines” running the corrupt exploitation of the poor in the town. Some pillars of Chicago society pages and front pews in posh churches paid the tax on…[Read more]
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What method work best for you to start a short story? I have just had some productive use of the famed US writer Ray Bradbury’s…[Read more]
Gloria Lee McMillan replied to the topic 75 years old today: How Green was my Valley (Welsh Coal Mining Valley) in the discussion Rust Belt Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 1 month ago
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Citizen Kane and How Green was my Valley turn 75 in a Time of Demagogues.
This essay challenges the dominant discourse on two highly controversial 1941 films Citizen Kane and How Green was my Valley.
Film critics tend to be outraged and marvel today how this miscarriage of aesthetic justice ever could have happened. Why, they cry, did How Green was my Valley ever get chosen as 1942’s Best Picture of the Year over O…[Read more]
Gloria Lee McMillan started the topic 75 years old today: How Green was my Valley (Welsh Coal Mining Valley) in the discussion Rust Belt Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 1 month ago
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY released Oct. 28, 1941.
Today is the 75th anniversary of this controversial (and prophetic) film that won Best Picture Oscar 1942 over Orson
Welles’ Citizen Kane.
HGWMV shows the industrial growth and de-industrialization of a Welsh coal mining town long before people thought
of these problems.
I have written an essay…[Read more]
Gloria Lee McMillan started the topic Writing in a Wind Machine: Do Politicians Obsess over Steel workers? in the discussion Rust Belt Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 2 months ago
There is an article in the New York Times concerning the amount of attention that steel workers are getting. The gist of the essay itself is that far too much attention is being paid to manufacturing and steel worker sin particular by politicians.
The cure is to become something else, get a new job, and leave all the baggage behind. How do we f…[Read more]
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CHILDREN OF STEEL
is a short story collection I am putting together of stories from people who have lived in steel mill towns. It is not n…[Read more]
We welcome your participation in the Rust Belt Literature group.
This group will host discussions of all types of literary responses to living in the Rust Belt, defined here as industrial communities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Those who have been affected by the rust belt go beyond simply those who have grown up these. In a…[Read more]
CFP UPDATE: CHILDREN OF STEEL
Sept. 1, 2016
We are counting down–60 days to our due date for your stories from all your
industrial home towns across the US. After that you can still submit. Just
a date to aim for.
We are in the home stretch, which brings to mind a cinematic analogy.
Audience awareness: Steve Tesich knew that most p…[Read more]