The Indiana State University Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture has consistently produced a strong body of scholarship since its inception in 1995. This work is comprised of 18 essays from the ISU conferences of 1995 through 2001. qI Just Hit .300-Time to Renegotiate My Contractq explores how major American writers such as Hemingway, Faulkner, and Ellison have challenged the pastoral idea of baseball envisioned by Whitman. qThe Durable Relicq argues that Donald Hall, one of the foremost poets of today, uses baseball in much the same way that William Butler Yeats used Irish mythology to create qfrozen moments, unchanging and durable; ageless heroes, Oisin on the Island of Eternal Youth and Ruth pointing to centerfield.q qBaseball, the Market and the Publicq analyzes the tension between the game as a business and the game as public trust, tracking the game to its present state of overpaid players and greedy owners. qThe Story of Toni Stoneq considers race and gender in both the game and culture by looking at one of the most remarkable but least known women in the sport, the only one to play in the Negro Leagues. These are just four of the essays, which cover a wide variety of topics.Typical is his description of the fans at Fenway after the seventh game of the 1967 World Series in his essay aquot;1967: The Flowering and ... In aquot;The Interior Stadium, aquot; one of Angella#39;s most celebrated pieces, he explores and explains baseballa#39;s relationship to time and memory. ... but perhaps most interestingly, his allusions are often brief rewrites of famous lines, near-puns but still useful and descriptive.
|Publisher||:||McFarland - 2003-01-01|