Baseball/Literature/Culture: Essays, 2006-2007

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The Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture has consistently produced a strong body of scholarship since its inception in 1995. Essays presented at the 2006 and 2007 conferences are published in this work.
Topics covered include early baseball journalism; sportswriting as mythology; the Henry Wiggen baseball novels; fictionalized baseball broadcasts; racism, religious fundamentalism, patriotism and Marxism; Philip Roth's The Great American Novel; Zane Grey; ...
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About the Book The Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture has consistently produced a strong body of scholarship since its inception in 1995. Essays presented ... at the 2006 and 2007 conferences are published in this work. Topics covered include early baseball journalism; sportswriting as mythology; the Henry Wiggen baseball novels; fictionalized baseball broadcasts; racism, religious fundamentalism, patriotism and Marxism; Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel; Zane Grey; masculinity in Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out; Willie Mays; Northern Exposure; Salvadore Dali and surrealism; baseball’s economic trendsetters; Pete Rose; baseball literature in the classroom; and Jim Bunning’s perfect game, among others. Read more Show Less

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The Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture has consistently produced a strong body of scholarship since its inception in 1995. Essays presented at the 2006 and 2007 conferences are published in this work.
Topics covered include early baseball journalism; sportswriting as mythology; the Henry Wiggen baseball novels; fictionalized baseball broadcasts; racism, religious fundamentalism, patriotism and Marxism; Philip Roth's The Great American Novel; Zane Grey; masculinity in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out; Willie Mays; Northern Exposure; Salvadore Dalí and surrealism; baseball's economic trendsetters; Pete Rose; baseball literature in the classroom; and Jim Bunning's perfect game, among others.
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Ronald E. Kates is an associate professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. Warren Tormey is an assistant professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. They are co-chairs (along with Crosby Hunt) of the Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Pitch for Scholarly Diversity   Ronald E. Kates   Warren Tormey     1
Of Ourselves We Sing: Finding an American Voice through Early Baseball Journalism   Scott D. Peterson     11
Lasting Value to Passing Things: Sportswriters and Sports Fictionists as Scribes and Mythographers   Nicholas X. Bush     22
Author Wiggen: More Than Just a Name   Warren Tormey     32
Only the Game Was Real: The Aesthetics and Significance of Re-created Baseball Broadcasting   Robert G. Barrier     40
Clearing the Field of Play: Judges, Umpires, and the Settlement of Law in Cooperstown   Steve Andrews     47
As American as Mom's Apple Pie: Racism, Religious Fundamentalism, and Patriotism-A Marxist Critique of The Dixie Association   Tom Wells     60
You Are Either with Us or the Patriot League: Philip Roth and The Great American Novel in the Age of Terror   Ron Briley     67
American Myth: Zane Grey's Baseball and Manhood   Aaron W. Miller     79
Language and the Construction of Masculinity in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out   Peter Carino     84
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Willie Mays: The Production of Presence in Paul Metcalf's "Willie's Throw"   Trey Strecker     93
Deconstruction at Bat: Baseball vs. Critical Theory inNorthern Exposure's "The Graduate"   David Lavery     98
Salvador Dali and the Surrealism of Baseball   Andrew Hazucha     105
From Spalding through Beane: A Study of Economic Trendsetters in Baseball   Monique Moyal     114
Collecting, Investing and Searching for Perfection   Ron B. Rembert     122
Doctor Smoke: Joe Wood, Yale University, and the 1926 Baseball Controversy   Gerald C. Wood     130
Jacques Derrida Was a Cubs Fan: Critical Theorists and Their Baseball Teams   Shawn O'Hare     139
A Rose by Any Other Name: One Fan's Big-Picture Argument for Electing Pete Rose to the Hall of Fame   Sarah D. Bunting     145
Before the Boss: Mike Burke and the CBS Yankees   Thomas D. Veve     150
Student Responses to Baeball Literature: Reflections on Course Evaluations and Teaching Experience   Gary Land   Gary Gray     160
Old Blue: A Memoir   James Grove     171
Jim Bunning's Perfect Game: At the Intersection of Baseball, History and Self   Carl Schinasi     183
About the Contributors     189
Index     193
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