Please tell your local librarian about my book, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection

We know our new 4-volume encyclopedia Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection is not the kind of thing an average person purchases based on size and cost (though I remember a pre-internet time when door-to-door salesmen still hawked the Encyclopedia Britannica and my mom bought a copy to help me do well in school and get to college).

In this modern world, if you want to help Peg and I (and all the students who can benefit from learning about all these wonderful women who helped shape American culture) consider passing a copy of the attached flyer out to your local public or university librarians (in print and/or via email) and ask if they will order a set for their branch.

Thanks!

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Click to download the PDF flyer, ready for printing or attaching to an email

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Women in American History: Sarah Kemble Knight

Women in American History: Sarah Kemble Knight - Read more about here in Women in American History

“Sarah Kemble Knight (April 19, 1666 – September 25, 1727) was a teacher and businesswoman, who is remembered for her diary of a journey from Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, to New York City, Province of New York, in 1704–1705, a courageous and unusual adventure for a woman to undertake on her own.” — Wikipedia

Learn more about Sarah Kemble Knight in Woman in American History

My thoughts on NASA’s Day of Remembrance 2016

Christa McAuliffe (first civilian teacher in space), Judy Resnik (first Jewish person and 2nd American female in space), Kalpana Chawla (first Indian woman in space) and Laurel Clark.  I wrote about these female astronauts in my Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space back in 1998 – by then Challenger had happened – but Columbia had not. Worth taking a moment to remember their dedication…

Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection [Book]

Women in History Cover ImageI’m excited to announce that the 4-volume encyclopedia I’ve been working on with my friend and colleague Peg Lamphier for the last two years — Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection has now appeared in the ABC-CLIO Spring Catalog.

We’d like to thank the many colleagues too numerous to mention who contributed to the research and writing!

Ask your local public or university library to order a set!

Link: Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection

Amazon.com: Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection

Rosanne’s Published Works on display at Stephens College Library

Stephens library display of Rosannes books

Thanks to Dan Kammer, the Library Director at Stephens College, for including a display of my publications in an exhibition of work by various faculty members this month.  It looks great – and hopefully the students will be intrigued enough to stop by and read some of the books – or use them for research in their own academic adventures!

Thurber Prize for Humor Finalists are all Female – 1st Time in History of the Prize

Though I teach One-Hour Drama I thought it would be cool to highlight the fact that for the first time ever the 3 finalists for the Thurber Prize for Humor Writing are all female. The prize is named after James Thurber of Ohio who wrote The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and years of New Yorker cartoons (even after he went blind!).

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We should be reading these women:

Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Annabelle Gurwitch, I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee Members

link: Thurber Prize for American Humor

 

Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture by Dr. Rosanne Welch Now Available (Updated)

 

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Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture
by Dr. Rosanne Welch

Now available from McFarland

ORDER TODAY!



Listen to The Zilch podcast with Rosanne discussing this new book
** Rosanne’s interview starts at 29:15

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From 1966-1968 NBC aired The Monkees on Mondays at 7:30pm, opposite Gilligan’s Island on CBS and Iron Horse on ABC.  During that time Raybert Productions, headed by Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson, produced 58 half-hours of what Time Magazine contributor James Poniewozik recently described as “far better TV than it had to be.

During an era of formulaic domestic sitcoms and wacky comedies, it was a stylistically ambitious show, with a distinctive visual style, absurdist sense of humor, and unusual story structure that was commercial, wholesome, and yet impressively weird.”

Originally, the producers conceived The Monkees as a response to the youth and music movement of the early 60s, a time when every young person seemed to be slinging a guitar on their back and hoping to change the world.  In the shadow of Hard Day’s Night the producers cast four relative unknowns who could act, sing and play instruments – Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith – and hired Jim Frawley to teach them improvisation and become their in-house director. Beyond mere fame, The Monkees deserves ranking as a TV Cultural and Comedy Classic because, according to Micky Dolenz, “It brought long hair into the living room and changed the way teenagers were portrayed on television.  It made it okay to have long hair in the same way Henry Winkler as the Fonz late made it okay to wear a black leather jacket and Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel Air made it okay to be to be young, black and like rap.”

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From an artistic standpoint the show introduced a new generation of viewers to the kind of fourth-wall-breaking, slapstick comedy created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers as well as to the idea of friends in their late teens living on their own without adult advice or supervision, a powerful idea at the height of the Vietnam war.

While there is continued controversy over the fact that the musical group has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, time has shown that the television show deserves the accolades it earned.  Now it deserves a deeper reading and that is exactly what The Metatexual Menagerie That Was The Monkees will provide.

Go beyond the fandom and delve deeply into what The Monkees meant to “the young generation” and to our current world.

Chapters will include:

  1. Introduction: I’m (Still) a Believer
  2. Sweet Young Thing: Contextualizing The Monkees with a Short History of Teenagers on Television
  3. Authorship on The Monkees: Who Wrote The Monkees and what was that Something They Had to Say?
  4. Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow: Counter-Culture Comes to Television and Middle America via The Monkees
  5. The Kind of Girl I Could Love: Feminism, Gender and Sexuality in The Monkees
  6. Shades of Grey: An Ethnic Studies look at Minority Representation on The Monkees
  7. We Were Made for Each Other: The Monkees Menagerie of Metatextuality
  8. We Were Made for Each Other: The Sequel: Nascent Television Aesthetic Techniques on The Monkees
  9. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Identity Construction and Confusion on The Monkees
  10. 9 Theme(s) from The Monkees: Narrative Structure, Literary References and Themes on The Monkees
  11. Salesman / What am I Doing Hangin’ Round? The Cultural Collateral of The Monkees
  12. Music Innovation and the seeds of MTV
  13. I’ll Be True To You: Fandom and The Monkees

Dr. Rosanne Welch teaches screenwriting in the RTVF Department at California State University, Fullerton and for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting.  As a television writer/producer her credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel. She has been published a chapter in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris); and an essay in Doctor Who and Race:  An Anthology and co-edited The Encyclopedia of Women in American History (ABC-CLIO).  Her fondness for The Monkees began while sitting in front of a small, black-and-white kitchen television at the age of five.

Why Monkees Matter: The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Pre-Teens
Presented at the Cal Poly Pomona President’s Symposium

Dr. Welch is available for interviewa on Why The Monkees Mattered and The Monkees in general. She is a long-time fan of The Monkees and extremely knowledgeable on both The Monkees television show and their music. She has given several presentations on The Monkees in college classrooms across Southern California at the Cal Poly Pomona President’s Symposium.

** Contact Dr. Rosanne Welch at rosanne@welchwrite.com or by phone at 818-804-5049

Update (July 3, 2016): Why The Monkees Matter Now Available on Kindle Reader, Smartphones and Tablets! – 

Checking Amazon.com just now, I see that “Why The Monkees Matter” is available for purchase in Kindle format.

You can read the book immediately on your Kindle device OR on your smartphone, tablet or personal computer using the free Kindle App or web site.

(The print edition is still marked “Pre-Order” on Amazon, but I expect that to change after the July 4th holiday).


You can buy your copy of “Why The Monkees Matter” and start reading in seconds — perhaps while you enjoy some holiday hammock time on your own “Pleasant Valley Sunday”!

Update (June 30, 2016): I have received reports that people who pre-ordered directly from the publishers have started to receive their books. Yea! The book is also currently available as an Amazon Kindle Editon for your immediate purchase and download. Amazon still shows the Print Edition as Pre-Order but I expect that to change any minute.

Update (April 25, 2016): Why The Monkees Matter is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com using the links below! Pre-Order “Why The Monkees Matter” today!

Update (April 8, 2016): Our first level of pre-orders are open today! You can pre-order “Why The Monkees Matter” directly from the publishers, MacFarland, on their web site. — Pre-Order “Why The Monkees Matter” today!

Update (March 7,2016): The “final” title has been approved and, unfortunately, the publication date has been moved back to Fall 2016. That said, this still allows you to make it a great Holiday gift for all your Monkee Fan friends and family — Rosanne

Odd Monkees Merchandise found in my on-going Monkees book research

Another fun bit of random research. In looking to list as much Monkee merchandise as I can Google led me to the blog of Allee Willis, co-writer of the theme song to Friends, because she had posted a photo of a Talking Monkees doll she has kept since childhood — and I learned…

“When I co-wrote The Friends theme song, “I’ll Be There For You”, we were told to write something Monkees-ish. The Last Train To Clarksville definitely pulled into the station during those sessions.”

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Link:  Allee Willis Web Site


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I’m hard at work completing my upcoming book on The Monkees, The Monkees – A Made for TV Metatexual Menagerie for McFarland Publishing.

The book is scheduled for release in Spring 2016.

You can join my Monkees mailing list to receive future updates and notification of the books release.

Random Fun Research from my upcoming Monkees Book

Where were you (or were you even around) for the 1966-67 Television Season?

Which shows did you watch then and which in reruns years later?

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Bonanza title screen” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

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Skelton dress rehearsal” by Montsanto/CBS-TV. – pages 126 (photo) and 127 Life magazine 11 March 1957.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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Cast 01” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

Top 30 Network Programs by household ratings
(Households with TVs – 55.15 million)

  • Bonanza (NBC) – 29.1
  • The Red Skelton Hour (CBS) – 28.2
  • The Andy Griffith Show (CBS) – 27.4
  • The Lucy Show (CBS) – 26.2
  • The Jackie Gleason Show (CBS) – 25.3
  • Green Acres (CBS) – 24.6
  • Daktari (CBS) – 23.4
  • Bewitched (ABC) – 23.4
  • The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS) – 23.4
  • Gomer Pyle USMC (CBS) – 22.8
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) – 22.8
  • The Virginian (NBC) – 22.8
  • The Lawrence Welk Show (ABC) – 22.8
  • A Family Affair (CBS) – 22.6
  • The Dean Martin Show (NBC) – 22.6
  • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS) – 22.2
  • Hogan’s Heroes (CBS) – 21.8
  • CBS Friday Night Movies (CBS) – 21.8
  • The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC) – 21.5
  • NBC Saturday Night Movies (NBC) – 21.4
  • Dragnet 1967 (NBC) – 21.2
  • Get Smart (NBC) – 21.0
  • Rat Patrol (ABC) – 20.9
  • Petticoat Junction (CBS) – 20.9
  • That Girl (ABC) – 20.8
  • Bob Hope (NBC) – 20.7
  • Tarzan (NBC) – 20.5
  • ABC Sunday Night Movie (ABC) – 20.4
  • The FBI (ABC) – 20.2
  • I Spy (NBC) – 20.2
  • My Three Sons (CBS) – 20.2
  • CBS Thursday Night Movies (CBS) – 20.2
 

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I’m hard at work completing my upcoming book on The Monkees, The Monkees – A Made for TV Metatexual Menagerie for McFarland Publishing.

The book is scheduled for release in Spring 2016.

You can join my Monkees mailing list to receive future updates and notification of the books release.

Work in Progress: The Monkees – A Made for TV Metatexual Menagerie by Dr Rosanne Welch

monkees-4 squares with names (1)I’m hard at work completing my upcoming book on The Monkees, The Monkees – A Made for TV Metatexual Menagerie for McFarland Publishing. The book is scheduled for release in Spring 2016.

You can join my Monkees mailing list to receive future updates and notification of the books release.

Here are the current chapter titles, although this may change in the final publication. I hope you’ll check it out when it hits the stores!

Introduction: I’m (Still) a Believer 1. Sweet Young Thing: Contextualizing The Monkees with a Short History of Teenagers on Television, 2. Authorship on The Monkees: Who Wrote The Monkees and what was that Something They Had to Say? 3. Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow: Counter-Culture Comes to Television and Middle America via The Monkees 4. The Kind of Girl I Could Love: Feminism, Gender and Sexuality in The Monkees 5. Shades of Grey LAn Ethnic Studies look at Minority Representation on The Monkees 6. We Were Made for Each Other: The Monkees Menagerie of Metatextuality 7. We Were Made for Each Other: The Sequel: Nascent Television Aesthetic Techniques on The Monkee 8.  A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Identity Construction and Confusion on The Monkees 9 Theme(s) from The Monkees Narrative Structure, Literary References and Themes on The Monkees 10. Salesman / What am I Doing Hangin’ Round? The Cultural Collateral of The Monkees 11. Music Innovation and the seeds of MTV

12. I’ll Be True To You: Fandom and The Monkees