Title

What Have Bagels Got to Do with Midwesternness?

Publication Date

Summer 2005

Document Type

Creative Writing

Abstract

“What Have Bagels Got to Do with Midwesternness?” is a creative nonfiction essay that examines the way my own “exile” from the Midwest has influenced my writing and my self-concept, and how, in turn, my writing has subsequently altered my perspective on the regional label “Midwestern.” Drawing from sources ranging from Charles Baxter to James Baldwin to the 1970’s film, Breaking Away, the essay examines how it is not only the “place” itself that shapes us as writers, but perhaps more importantly, our own filtered view of that “place.”

Publication Title

Reconstruction

Volume

5

Issue

3

Version

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