Anthology on Sports Documentaries, Proposals Due 10/15/11

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Zachary Ingle/David M. Sutera
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Edited by Zachary Ingle and David M. Sutera

The editors of this collection seek original contributions in the area of sports documentaries. The sports documentary has become its own distinctive subgenre that has grown in popularity in recent years, as evident in ESPN's recent "30 for 30" series, with its own tropes and conventions. This volume intends to cover a wide range of topics and sports, ranging in history from the boxing newsreels of the early silent era to "Hoop Dreams" and "King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters." Documentaries on "mainstream" sports such as baseball, football, basketball and soccer will be included, but also those on nontraditional sports, such as surfing, video games, and professional wrestling. The role and function of sports documentaries in the media landscape and the world of sports competition will be explored, but further potential subjects and possible films include the following:

• Gender/Masculinity ("Pumping Iron," "Lipstick & Dynamite")
• Race ("Unforgivable Blackness")
• Nationality (Olympics documentaries)
• Historical (boxing newsreels, Edison college football games)
• Auteurism (Ken Burns, Bud Greenspan, Leni Riefenstahl)
• Marxism/Consumerism
• Popular Culture ("When We Were Kings")
• Aesthetics ("Zidane")
• Convergence Media
• Sports Reality Series ("Hard Knocks")
• Sports on the Margins ("On Any Sunday," "Dogtown and Z-Boys")

Of course, these are only a sample of the approaches that can be applied.

250-word abstracts will be due October 15, 2011 for consideration. Contributions should range between 4,000 to 7,000 words.

Contact: Zachary Ingle (
David M. Sutera (
Department of Film and Media Studies
University of Kansas