Book Hour with Dr. Catherine V. Bateson, the author of Irish-American Civil War Songs: Identity, Loyalty, and Nationhood.

Dr. Bateson’s research explores how the Irish-born and Irish-descended soldiers and sailors were involved in every major engagement of the American Civil War. Throughout the conflict, they shared their wartime experiences through songs and song lyrics, leaving behind a vast trove of ballads in songbooks, letters, newspaper publications, wartime diaries, and other accounts. Dr. Bateson investigates the Irish American song lyrics within the context of broader wartime experiences and how these songs and lyrics offer an under-appreciated source of contemporary feelings and opinions about the war. Dr. Bateson will also talk to our postgraduate and ECA audience about her experience in turning her research into a monograph. Continue reading

Book Hour Returns with Leah A. Milne and Novel Subjects: Authorship as Radical Self-Care in Multiethnic American Narratives

The U.S. Studies Online BookHour is back 8th December 7.30pm GMT/2.30pm EST with Dr. Leah A. Milne and Novel Subjects: Authorship as Radical Self-Care in Multiethnic American Narratives.Authorship as Radical Self-Care in Multiethnic American Narratives. Additionally, Dr. Milne will talk about the process of turning a dissertation into a monograph with invaluable first-hand experience top tips and thoughts. Continue reading

60 Seconds with Olivia Wright

The U.S. Studies Online 60 Seconds interview feature offers a short and informal introduction to a postgraduate, academic or non-academic specialist working in the American and Canadian Studies field or a related American and Canadian Studies association.  Continue reading

Review: Special Relationships: Poetry Across the Atlantic Since 2000

The one-day symposium held at the Rothermere American Institute (RAI) at the University of Oxford on ‘Poetry Across the Atlantic Since 2000’ featured an arresting array of speakers from both sides of the Atlantic. Ultimately, the conference served to highlight not only the multifariousness of poetic production since the year 2000, but more importantly, how poets and literary critics from the U.S.A., Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa conceive of their evolving literary concerns and cultural relationships in a rapidly globalizing world. Continue reading