Call for Chapters: Baseball in Class (Abstracts due June 1, 2010)

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Ron Kates/Middle Tennessee State University
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This scholarly multidisciplinary anthology examines theintersection of baseball and class in American and global cultures. Whileembracing the rich history of themes of class and class conflict in baseballfiction, poetry, and drama, this collection also seeks to extend the discussionthroughout other disciplines, some even far afield from literary studies. Forexample, one could examine the significant spike in costs related to attendinga game at, say, Wrigley Field, and perhaps reach a determination that Cubmanagement prefers a certain type orclass of fan, almost to the point of excluding others. To offer anotherexample, while assimilation of some sort appears as a topic in a number ofbaseball novels, one could readily examine whether this process has become moreof a global than an American phenomenon as clubs begin to set up academies inpreviously-untapped areas. Either of the above examples would lend themselvesto a historical approach as well.


We welcome various theoretical, critical, or historicalapproaches for this volume, but prefer traditional source-based essays overmemoir pieces. Each essay will be evaluated by a peer-review panel.


Extended abstracts of 500 words are due June 1, 2010. Allsubmissions should include a title page with the following information: name,affiliation, mailing and e-mail addresses. Submitting writers should alsoinclude a brief bio. The deadline for first drafts of papers of 4000-8000 wordswill be August 1, 2010. Final manuscripts are due by October 1, 2010.


Writers are also welcome to present in-process or completedversions of their submissions at the 15th Conference on Baseball inLiterature and Culture, which will be held on the campus of Middle TennesseeState University on Friday, March 26, 2010. Presentation at this conference isnot a requirement for submission, though interested authors may likely findthat the conference climate and the opportunity to present to like-minded peerscould result in producing a stronger essay.