Baseball/Literature/Culture: Essays, 2002-2003

Baseball/Literature/Culture: Essays, 2002-2003

by Peter Carino (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786418510
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2004
Series: Baseball in Literature and American Culture Conference Series , #2
Pages: 221
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Peter Carino is an English professor at Indiana State University and is the editor of Baseball/Literature/Culture: Essays, 2004–2005 (2006) and Baseball/Literature/Culture: Essays, 1995–2001 (2003). He lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

PART I: Baseball in Literature and Film

1 A Field of Questions: W.P. Kinsella Comes to Ithaca 9

2 Jon Billman’s “Indians” and American Indian Exhibition Baseball Teams 19

3 “Dad—Can We Have a Catch?” Images of Fatherhood and Redemption in Three Baseball Films 28

4 Mick Cochrane’s Sport and the Mythic Symbol of Fathers Playing Catch with Sons 39

5 Nelson Algren’s Chicago: The Black Sox Scandal, McCarthyism, and the Truth about Cubs Fans 49

6 “You don’t play the angles, you're a sap”: John Sayles, Eliot Asinof, Baseball, Labor, and Chicago 60

7 “The proper distance for worship”: Art Worlds and Assimilation Narratives in The Celebrant 76

8 Nine Assists and No Errors: Rediscovering the Baseball Fiction of Charles Van Loan 83

PART II: Baseball in American Culture

9 Baseball, Scholarship, and the “Duty to Justice” 93

10 Is Baseball an American Religion? A Sociological Analysis 106

11 Home Run Derby versus the Pitchers’ Duel 116

12 Baseball as Narrated on Television 124

13 Baseball Immortals: Character and Performance On and Off the Field 136

14 Forces of Darkness and Light: The Cultural Significance of Transitions 146

15 Lessons to Be Learned from Only the Ball Was White 157

16 Baseball Jargon and the Discourse of Modern American Life 166

17 Nineteenth-Century and Black Baseball in Indianapolis 177

18 Interviewing a Local Legend: Preacher Roe and Ozark Culture 186

19 Which Ball Is in Play? Lasting Images of Stan Musial at Wrigley Field 193

Contributors 201

Index 205

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