E 324 • Literature and Sports
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Will Not Count Toward a Major in English
The fact that sport occupies a special place in American culture is clearly shown in the number of literary works in which it is present not only as pure background but as an integral part. There may be cultural, philosophical, even political reasons for this, and many authors have used sport in their works as a means of social and/or cultural commentary. In the five novels surveyed in this course, we will study the symbols and metaphors of sports, as well as their representation of American myths and life.
Attendance and participation 20%
Two personal papers 25% + 25%
One final exam 30%
Robert Coover, The Universal Baseball Association, Inc.
J. Henry Waugh, PROP. (1968)
Leonard Gardner, Fat City (1969)
Don DeLillo, End Zone (1972)
William Kennedy, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (1978)
Richard Ford, The Sports Writer (1986)