Sporting with the Gods

The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature

Author: Michael Oriard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521391139

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 579

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"Sporting with the Gods examines the rhetoric of "game" and "play" and "sport" in American culture from the time of the Puritans to the 1980s. Focusing on writers and public figures who dominated public discourse, Oriard shows how the trope of game and play in fiction and in religious, social, and economic writings can be used to graph changes in the religious and social climate from the Puritans through the Transcendentalists to the Social Darwinists and from the Beats and hippies to the New Age spiritualists of the present decade. He also uses the trope to graph the shifting attitudes toward work (and play) in the game of business, as the United States moved to industrial capitalism and then to a postindustrial society of consumerism and leisure. The result is a history of this country from its inception, through the lens of a single trope, resonating with implications at every strata of American culture." --from back cover.

Sports, Narrative, and Nation in the Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author: Jarom McDonald

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135860742

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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This study examines the ways that F. Scott Fitzgerald portrayed organized spectator sports as working to help structure ideologies of class, community, and nationhood. Situating the study in the landscape of late nineteenth/early twentieth-century American sport culture, Chapter One shows how narratives of attending ballgames, reading or listening to sports media, and being a ‘fan,’ cultivate communities of spectatorship. Adopting this same framework, the next three chapters explore how Fitzgerald’s literary representations of sport culture express the complexities of American society. Chapter Two specifically considers the ‘intense and dramatic spectacle’ of college football in ‘This Side of Paradise’ as a means of exploring links between spectatorship, emulation and ideology. Chapter Three continues with college football as its theme, but this time looks at how it is portrayed in Fitzgerald’s short stories, in order to scrutinize the relationship between the performative aspects of sport and the performative aspects of social class. Finally, Chapter Four scrutinizes how The Great Gatsby critiques the romantic nationalist ideology of ‘America’s game’ by revealing the class divisions and tensions of baseball’s spectator culture.

Surveillance on Screen

Monitoring Contemporary Films and Television Programs

Author: Sebastien Lefait

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810885905

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 225

View: 1445

Drawing on the rapidly developing field of surveillance studies, this book examines television shows and films—including Lost, Survivor, Minority Report, Enemy of the State, and Nineteen Eighty-Four—that shape our experience of surveillance, both as watchers and as those being watched.

Uncertain Chances

Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Author: Maurice S. Lee

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199797579

Category: History

Page: 239

View: 5750

Maurice Lee's study illustrates how writers such as Poe, Melville, Douglass, Thoreau, Dickinson, and others participated in a broad intellectual and cultural shift in which Americans increasingly learned to live with the threatening and wonderful possibilities of chance.

Höhlenein- und Ausgänge

Wirklichkeitsbewältigung in der zeitgenössischen Literatur Nordamerikas

Author: Maria Moss

Publisher: N.A


Category: American fiction

Page: 242

View: 7580


William Faulkner in Venice

Author: Rosella Mamoli Zorzi,Pia Masiero Marcolin

Publisher: Marsilio


Category: Mississippi

Page: 347

View: 6394



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports

Page: N.A

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Im Abseits

Fußball in der amerikanischen Sportkultur

Author: Andrei S. Markovits,Steven L. Hellerman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Soccer

Page: 416

View: 7945


Approaches to teaching Fitzgerald's The great Gatsby

Author: Jackson R. Bryer,Nancy P. VanArsdale

Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer

ISBN: 9781603290210

Category: Education

Page: 233

View: 8677

Who is this Gatsby anyhow? Answering that question, voiced by one of the book's characters, is fundamental to teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Although there is no simple answer, classroom analysis of this classic American novel can lead to a rich exploration of the colorful yet contradictory period Fitzgerald dubbed the Jazz Age. The novel also prompts considerations of novelistic technique, specifically point of view, characterization, and narrative structure. This volume aims to give instructors of The Great Gatsby multiple tools and strategies for teaching the novel and for introducing students to the culture of the 1920s. Part 1, "Materials," reviews the novel's composition history and the scholarly resources related to the novel. In part 2, "Approaches," contributors demonstrate a range of frameworks that usefully inform teaching, from the new historicism to feminist and gender studies to narrative theory. They also examine the novel's complex artistry, variety of motifs and symbol patterns, and cultural and social influences, such as the era's changing racial attitudes, the rise of a new suburban culture, and the dichotomy of East versus West in America.

Fetching the Old Southwest

Humorous Writing from Longstreet to Twain

Author: James H. Justus

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 591

View: 3698

Annotation Humorists from the Old Southwest - Crockett, Longstreet, Thompson, Baldwin, Thorpe, Hooper, Robb, Harris, and Lewis - formed a kind of shadow canon in American literature that led to Mark Twain's early work, from 1834 to 1867. James H. Justus examines this writing in the context of other discourses contemporaneous with it.

Genre and Ethnic Collections

Collected Essays

Author: Milton T. Wolf,Murray S. Martin

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 467

View: 9428

This is an exploration of the richness inherent in genre and ethnic colections. The contributors were asked to provide an overview of their topic, its relevance to library collections and suggestions about how collections might proceed. In addition, attention was paid to the needs of individual collectors, many of whose collections have also enriched libraries. The editors hope that this volume will contribute to a greater understanding of why it is important to collect and preserve special kinds of writing. The studies of the various genres in this book show that each has a specific contribution to make to the understanding of our social development and many can enlighten dark passages in the past.