American Small Town Literature Part 2

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Different from my last post about my first two weeks’ summer research progress on three short story collections, this one is all about long novels! In the following three books: Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Grace Metalious’s Peyton Place, and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, I will explore how in various ways can small towns distinct from big cities.

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American Small Town Literature Part 1

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Sorry about posting my research blogs so late. During the six-weeks’ research, I’ve finished nine books on small towns, six of them were English and the other three were Chinese. Though I’ve been taking notes while reading, I haven’t got enough time to organize them into essays due to my tight time schedule that I have to prepare for my GRE test simultaneously. This Thursday I had my GRE test, and finally got some time to reread these books and reorganize my reading notes. So, this first blog is about the three books I read during the first two weeks of my research, which are Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, William Faulkner’s Collected Stories of William Faulkner, and John Cheever’s The Stories of John Cheever.

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It’s All in the Details: Social Class and Royal Flying Corps Recruitment Tactics

My visit to the Royal Air Force Museum definitely had a positive influence on my research. Despite researching different elements of the Royal Flying Corps for the past few years, seeing all the artifacts side-by-side in exhibitions caused me to think differently and, in a way, more intensively that ever before. One such new approach to thinking was one I discussed in my last post: postulating what the differences between McCudden’s manuscript and the final published piece. Another topic I thought about after my visit was the Royal Flying Corps different approaches in recruiting potential commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs). In prior research, I had always seen posters and other recruiting pieces for flying officers and N.C.O.s, but I had never seen them pictured together. In a bold but interesting manner, the RAF Museum displays the different approaches to recruitment side-by-side in the Grahame-White Hangar.

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Final Summary: Campus Greenspaces and Future Research

In the last few weeks of the summer, Darrien and I zeroed in on greenspaces near the William & Mary campus. Specifically, I worked on a map of campus greenspaces, which will soon be promoted to students. The purpose of the website is to increase student knowledge of greenspaces around campus that they can visit for different activities. There are categories for Relax, Run/Hike, Sport, Socialize, Study, Eat, Bike, and Explore. Many of the greenspaces, such as the Sunken Garden, fall under several of these categories. Students can search by greenspace name, category, tag (such as hammock, benches, or quiet), or general location.

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