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

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Ron Kates/Middle Tennessee State University
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This scholarly multidisciplinary anthology examines the intersection of baseball and class in American and global cultures. While embracing the rich history of themes of class and class conflict in baseball fiction, poetry, and drama, this collection also seeks to extend the discussion throughout other disciplines, some even far afield from literary studies. For example, one could examine the significant spike in costs related to attending a game at, say, Wrigley Field, and perhaps reach a determination that Cub management prefers a certain type or class of fan, almost to the point of excluding others. To offer another example, while assimilation of some sort appears as a topic in a number of baseball novels, one could readily examine whether this process has become more of a global than an American phenomenon as clubs begin to set up academies in previously-untapped areas. Either of the above examples would lend themselves to a historical approach as well.

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

Extended abstracts of 500 words are due September 1, 2010. All submissions should include a title page with the following information: name, affiliation, mailing and e-mail addresses. Submitting writers should also include a brief bio. The deadline for first drafts of papers of 4000-8000 words will be January 5, 2011. Final manuscripts are due by March 15, 2011.