Posts tagged "cokal"
Pop Culture Pulse: Flashback for Election Season 2016 — gender, toys, and politics.

Pop Culture Pulse: Flashback for Election Season 2016 — gender, toys, and politics.

How we play says who we are … and how we vote. The first Barbie was sold in 1959. Pop culture has always reflected on and responded to gender and politics. And more than that — what we play with and how we play helps determine who we are. So what may seem like a happy little diversion in...
Truth Teller Spotlight - Susann Cokal

Truth Teller Spotlight – Susann Cokal

Aside from her role as the Editorial Director of Broad Street Magazine, Susann Cokal also wears hats as historical novelist, pop-culture essayist, book critic, and professor of creative writing and modern literature at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to her three published novels, Cokal has published fiction and nonfiction in Electric Literature, Gargoyle, The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Hayden’s...
From Our Pages: "Making Friends with Midge," on your best friend and Barbie's. By Susann Cokal.

From Our Pages: “Making Friends with Midge,” on your best friend and Barbie’s. By Susann Cokal.

This weekend spend some time with Midge, Barbie’s best friend. Besides being a literary critic, novelist, teacher, and Broad Street‘s editorial director, Susann Cokal is a lifelong scholar of all things Barbie, with several pieces published on the subject. In this essay, Cokal explores what it means to be a best friend through the medium of...