Imagining the US Rural – Genres, Interventions, Feelings

Tjalling R. Valdés Olmos | Supervisors: Esther Peeren and Jaap Kooijman | Imagining the US Rural – Genres, Interventions, Feelings

My project examines what aspects of 21st-century US rural life become in/visible in prominent rural imaginations, and what politics these imaginations support. More specifically I look at these questions from a decolonial, feminist, and critical race studies perspective, asking how certain genres make particular aspects of rural life il/legible and in/visible within the context of the longue durée of globalization. The project is further informed by a theoretical and conceptual framework focusing on the chronotope, spectrality, and affect.