The Great God Baseball: Religion in Modern Baseball Fiction

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Mercer University Press, 2004 - 192 pàgines
Within the excellent, if underrated, body of adult baseball fiction that emerged in the latter half of the twentieth century, one finds a distinctive subgenre of baseball novels that feature the religious aspirations of their characters and the spiritual qualities of the game of baseball. The Great God Baseball looks at nine of these novels, including lesser known gems and established classics. It endeavors to make them more accessible to casual as well as serious readers, fans and non-fans alike, through discussion of key motifs, analysis of unique narrative structure, and frequent cross-references that locate theworks in a literary context.The Literary Line-Up includes:1. Douglass Wallop, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant (1954) 2. James F. Donohue, Spitballs & Holy Water (1977) 3. Jerome Charyn, The Seventh Babe (1979)4. W. P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe (1982) 5. Eric Rolfe Greenberg, The Celebrant (1983)6. Nancy Willard, Things Invisible to See (1984)7. W. P. Kinsella, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986) 8. David James Duncan, The Brothers K (1992)9. Darryl Brock, Havana Heat (2000)The varied religious experiences portrayed in these superb novels stimulate us to engage our society, our national pastime, our own imagination, and our sense of spiritual awareness. From a literary encounter with the great game of baseball, we emerge, as if from a church, temple, or ball park, different, re-created people. The Great God Baseball seeks to be an agent for this encounter.
 

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The Place of The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant in Modern Baseball Fiction
21
Now PitchingJoan of Arc Spitballs and Holy Water as a Missing Link
33
Identity Crisis and Folk Religion in The Seventh Babe
45
The Great God Baseball Shoeless Joe Religious Magic and the American Dream
59
The Baseball Messiah Christy Mathewson and The Celebrant
77
Cosmic Baseball for Life and Death Things Invisible to See
89
An American Apocalypse Religious Parody in The Iowa Baseball Confederacy
107
The Brothers K An American Family Saga
127
Religious and Baseball Art
172
AllReligiousName Baseball Club
175
Baseball in the Bible
176
Two Tall Tales
177
Quiz on Religion as Baseball
178
Quotable Quotes
180
Answers to Quiz
182
Works Cited
183

Evolving Dreams and Spiritual Mysteries in Havana Heat
147
Appendix
169

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