This edited collection highlights how people connected with friends and family, students and colleagues, leaders and communities, in their quest to persevere during the pandemic. The chapters describe how people enjoyed their passions for the arts in new and unexpected ways, given the restrictions of COVID-19 safety protocols, and how scripted and reality television programming helped them escape, however briefly, from the traumas of the pandemic, the racial injustice, the political machismo and divisiveness of this time. This book will be of particular interest to scholars of communication, media studies, sociology, cultural studies, and gender studies.
Deborah A. Macey is instructor of communication studies at the University of Portland.
Michelle Napierski-Prancl is professor of sociology and faculty director of the Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College.
David Staton is associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Documenting Pandemic Stories
Michelle Napierski-Prancl, David Staton, and Deborah A. Macey
Section 1: Communication & Resilience
Chapter 2: “Don’t worry, we’re gonna figure this out”: Exploring Resilient Pedagogy during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Matthew J. Manierre, Jan DeWaters, Seema Rivera, and Martha Whalen
Chapter 3: COVID-19 Moments: The Photographic Narratives of Resilience and Productivity among MotherScholars
Sarah Symonds LeBlanc, Elizabeth Spradley, Heather Olson Beal, Lauren Burrow, and Chrissy Cross
Chapter 4: The Ritual of the Bering Sea: Commodity, Country, and Mortality in The Deadliest Catch
Chapter 5: Developing Voice Resilience: Building on Spiral of Silence Theory
Alana M. Nicastro and Shelly M. Valdez
Chapter 6: What Reassurance? What Reality?: Governor Cuomo, COVID-19, and the Politics of Masculine Protection
Laurie E. Naranch
Section 2: Creativity & Productivity
Chapter 7: Being There and Not: Slippery Simulacrums of Song
Chapter 8: Theater Doesn’t Work: (Co-)Creation in Pandemic Theater-Making
Chapter 9: Projecting through the Mask: Theatre Techniques in the Hybrid Classroom
Chapter 10: Cultivating Student Creativity during the Pandemic: Short-term Remedy with Long-term Value
Heather J. Hether
Chapter 11: Creativity and Consolation in The Golden Girls: How Revisiting an Old Show Was a Balm for the New Hard Times
Lauren Kelly and Sarah Royal
Section 3: Connection & Comfort
Chapter 12: Walking My Way to Community and Connection during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Theory and Practice
Chapter 13: The Class of 2020: Parents’ Perspectives of the Pomp and Terrible Circumstance
Chapter 14: Bridging Social Distancing Boundaries: Food Consumption and Community during Quarantine
Chapter 15: The Escapism and Social Bond of Pandemic Binge Watching
Gwendelyn S. Nisbett, Stephanie Schartel Dunn, and Newly Paul
Chapter 16: Ted Lasso: A Feel-Good Show in a Not-Feel-Good Time
Deborah A. Macey and Mary P. Erickson
"Persevering during the Pandemic: Stories of Resilience, Creativity, and Connection is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the COVID-19 pandemic period and how it felt as a lived experience in both our daily lives and our reactions to the larger political and media events that emerged during the pandemic. Taken together, these chapters offer a lucid and provocative exploration of the strategies that we employed to come to terms with and make sense of our altered landscapes. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the archeology of the strategies we employed during a period we are still living through but have yet to fully comprehend."
“In Persevering during the Pandemic, the contributors document people’s resilience during the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, in stories that are both accessible and nuanced, considering everyday issues of parenting, gender, politics, academics, and pop culture.”
----- Carrie P. Freeman, Georgia State University