Danielle Christmas is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Delta Delta Delta Fellow in the Humanities at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is completing a manuscript, Auschwitz and the Plantation: Labor, Sex, and Death in American Holocaust and Slavery Fiction. Her most recent research concerns masculinity and sentimentality in white nationalist fiction. You can find out more at her website, http://www.daniellechristmas.com
Posts by Danielle Christmas
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.