Duck Dynasty and Rural Civil Religion: A Report from an Iowa Farm

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By Kenyon Gradert News broke of Phil Robertson’s remarks a few days before my wife and I left for my parents’ Iowa farm. Both of us teachers, we…

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Kenyon Gradert To Discuss Midwest Culture On NPR This Morning — Join The Conversation!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

 Photograph by Robert Josiah Bingaman; via fly over art tumblr This morning from 11 to noon Central Time, Kenyon Gradert will appear on the NPR program Saint Louis…

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Midwest Realism in the Contemporary Novel

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Perhaps we’re witnessing a shift back to the region’s realist origins. More likely, the Midwest is blooming into a wide proliferation of literary style.        …

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Osawatomie And Midwestern Millenialism: The Broadsword of John Brown, Teddy, and Obama

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tragic Prelude; John Steuart Curry By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture series Editor The Midwest—half of its name ringing with the romantic potential of the frontier—has long…

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Osawatomie And Midwestern Millenialism: The Broadsword of John Brown, Teddy, and Obama

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tragic Prelude; John Steuart Curry By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture series Editor The Midwest—half of its name ringing with the romantic potential of the frontier—has long…

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Course on Midwest Culture: Big Ten

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ohio State preseason open practice, 2012; Ohio StateBuckeyes.com By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture series Editor I was at a party filled with English PhD students and…

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Superman of Kansas and Krypton and Cleveland

Friday, September 7, 2012

By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture Series Editor   “Behind the high-flying legend lies a true-to-life saga every bit as compelling, one that begins not in the…

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Course on Midwest Culture: A Bibliography

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Airborne, 2010; Alex Roulette as seen in fly over art By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture Series EditorA quality course begins with quality secondary sources. Such quotidian…

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Course On Midwest Culture: The Paradox of Heartland Rock

Friday, July 6, 2012

Photograph from the insert to the Bruce Springsteen & E-Street Band Live 1975-1985 LP box set By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture editor Last week in the…

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Course On Midwest Culture: Ray Bradbury, RIP

Friday, June 8, 2012



By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture series Editor Perhaps tied with Jules Verne and J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury may be my longest-running literary friend. His leatherbound anthology…

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