CFP: Sports in American Literature (3/15/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

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Joe Webb
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Midwest MLA – Cleveland, OH – November 8-11, 2007

CFP: From Babbitt to Rabbit: Sports in American Literature

In an America saturated with professional and amateur
sporting events, the utilization of sports as a cultural
metaphor in literature has a long history. Mark Twain, for
instance, once declared that "baseball is the very symbol,
the outward and visible struggle of the raging, tearing,
booming nineteenth century." This panel is interested in
these types of intersections: from football in Fitzgerald to
wrestling in John Irving, from golf as a refuge for
misogynistic business practices to baseball as a key
cultural symbol of coming integration in the 1940s. How
have sports been employed as a valuable tool in American
literature? 300 word abstracts to Joe Webb, Saint Louis
University, by March 15, 2007 (

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