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Women Characters in Baseball Literature: A Critical Study
     

Women Characters in Baseball Literature: A Critical Study

by Kathleen Sullivan
 

ISBN-10: 0786421703

ISBN-13: 9780786421701

Pub. Date: 05/25/2005

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Since the early 20th century, American writers have both recorded and fictionalized the real-life activities of great athletes, as well as created original characters for sports stories. How have women fared in this literature?
Women Characters in Baseball Literature is the first comprehensive evaluation of the women characters of baseball literature,

Overview

Since the early 20th century, American writers have both recorded and fictionalized the real-life activities of great athletes, as well as created original characters for sports stories. How have women fared in this literature?
Women Characters in Baseball Literature is the first comprehensive evaluation of the women characters of baseball literature, including women’s crucial roles on and off the field of play. Applying several feminist theories and examining the works in the context of both myth and psychology, the author discusses baseball fiction written by both men and women. Among the topics discussed are the literary implications of motherhood; how patterns of behavior in women characters often recall Greek goddesses; and how women characters and the feminist imagination enrich the literature of this apparently masculinized sport. Authors covered include Bernard Malamud, Mark Harris, August Wilson, Lamar Herrin, Nancy Willard, Silvia Tennenbaum, Karen Joy Fowler, and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786421701
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/25/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction: Taken Out of the Ballgame 3

One: Mount Olympus in the Majors. 13

Two: Gods and Goddesses at the Plate 29

Three: Absent Mothers and Mothering Men 57

Four: Substitute Mothering in The Southpaw and She’s on First 91

Five: The Transformational Goddesses 115

Six: The Compound Goddesses 149

Chapter Notes 175

Bibliography 181

Index 191

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