Benjamin Meiners is a graduate student in English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on 19th-century American literature and culture, feminist theory, and queer theory.
Posts by Benjamin Meiners
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.