These little towns: land, family, and individuality in the Midwest
I am interested in how current Midwestern writers are continuing to develop the Midwest's literary history, and how they relate to Midwestern artists working in different mediums, but with similar goals. These works stand on their own, but by focusing on how they represent land and the influences of that land, we can see the way the region influences literature. I use regionalism as a lens so I can look at the commonalities among the Midwest region. I examine contemporary Midwestern literature in terms of land, family, and individuality. I also look at the ways these themes exist in contemporary poetry, art, and music.