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Author Messenger, Christian K., 1943-

Title Sport and the spirit of play in contemporary American fiction / Christian K. Messenger.

Publication Info. New York : Columbia University Press, [1990]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  813.01 M584S    Check Shelf
Description xv, 471 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-458) and index.
Contents Individual sports heroism: Male physical self-definition -- Decline of the ritual sports hero -- Mailer: Body as arena -- Mailer: Boxing and the art of his narrative -- Fictions of boxing -- Individual sports heroism: Responses of the play spirit: Play, sacrifice, performance: Kesey and Coover -- Women in sports narrative: Strategies of mimicry -- Decline of the school sports hero -- Anti-heroism: Witness at the center -- Collective sports heroism: Fictions of team sport -- Fictions of football: Between the lines -- Fictions of football: "Why are we playing" -- Fictions of baseball: Baseball and passages -- Fictions of baseball: Baseball historicized -- Fictions of basketball -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary The sequel to Messenger's (English, U. of Illinois at Chicago) Sport and the spirit of play in American fiction: Hawthorne to Faulkner. Covering the period since World War II, he considers over 100 novels, treating them thematically, with separate chapters on the fictions of boxing, football, baseball, and basketball. His theme--the drive toward individual freedom through sport.
Subject Sports stories, American -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Play in literature.
Sports -- Bibliography.
Indexed Term English fiction Special subjects Sports
United States
Chronological Term Geschichte 1945-1988
ISBN 0231070942 alkaline paper $35.00
9780231070942 alkaline paper
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