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Upon Further Review: Sports in American Literature [Hardcover]

Michael Cocchiarale , Scott Emmert

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September 30, 2004 0275980502 978-0275980504

Over the course of the last century, American fiction writers and poets have used sports figures and sporting events in order to make significant points on themes of identity as they are connected to gender, race, class, and nationality. The contributors to this volume examine American literature that uses sports as a trope to explore or disturb core values of this country. They explore individual works in order to uncover the rich connections between those works' use of sports and issues of importance to American culture from approximately 1920 to the end of the twentieth century.

Focusing on four general themes, this volume offers a range of commentary on a variety of American literature. The first section features essays that explain how sports are used by writers to explore or critique American values. The next two sections contain essays that investigate the ways in which writers have used sports to express ideas about race, class, and gender. The final section turns to questions of aesthetics, featuring essays that concentrate on form, technique, and language itself. Together, contributors cover a number of literary works that feature a wide variety of sports, from the expected (baseball) to the more surprising (body building and wilderness adventuring).

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"Upon Further Review is the next generation in sports literature criticism. The essays are challenging, cogent, and informed. Sports literature is alive and well and so are its younger critics. Perhaps the widest-ranging collection of essays ever amassed on the subject. Gender, race, and class perspectives underwrite deft cultural and aesthetic analysis. Will instantly become an indispensable guide to sports literature."-Chris Messenger, Professor of English University of Illinois at Chicago author of Sport and the Spirit of Play in Contemporary American Fiction

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Examines the ways in which American fiction writers and poets have used sports figures and sporting events in order to comment on issues of race, gender, class, and nationality

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