Critical Insights: American Sports Fiction

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Mike Cocchiarale, Scott Emmert
April 2013 · 1 volume · 368 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-4298-3824-5
# of Pages: 368
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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

American Sports Literature presents new essays on the significance of sports fiction in American society and culture. Sports fiction in the United States, beginning in the nineteenth century through the twenty-first century, engages a broad spectrum of social and cultural issues. This volume, part of the Critical Insights series, presents an in-depth study of these issues, while providing readers an engaging exploration of the genre.

Experts in the field of sports literature, Editors Michael Cocchiarale and Scott D. Emmert, Associate Professors of English at Widener University and the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, respectively, present a collection that analyzes works by many of the most well known authors of the last century, including Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, Don Delillo, and David Foster Wallace. Introductory chapters offer a survey of critical approaches as well as history of the genre that will be instructive for students and their teachers, drawing the dimensions of the field within which writers and scholars consider sports and fiction. After these contextualizing essays come nine chapters that take particular critical views of selected works of both canonical and understudied sports fiction, providing original readings that keep both teacher and student in mind. Why this literature is important and how readers can more fully understand it guide the selections for a volume distinguished in its scope and originality. Contributors include Peter Kratzke, Tracy J.R. Collins, Scott D. Peterson, and Mathew J. Bartkowiak.

Completing the volume are a list of literary works not mentioned in the book as well as a bibliography of critical sources for readers seeking to study this genre in greater depth.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

  • About This Volume
  • Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
  • Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
  • Further Readings
  • Detailed Bibliography
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Subject Index