SPORT IN FILM AND FICTION
Dr. Steve Estes SUNY College at Cortland Dep. of Physical Eduction Office Phone: (607)753-5702 ESTES@SNYCORVA.CORTLAND.EDU
Course Description: This course examines sport themes expressed in films, fiction, and poetry, with special emphasis on themes that can be compared with real sport experiences. These themes include, but are not limited to: heroes in American sport compared to heroes in the myths of Western Civilization; youth and aging in sport; sport in the country and the city; nationalism, racism, and sexism in sport; the individual versus the community (team) in sport; and humor and poetry.
The student should be able to identify recurring themes that are often evident in sport stories. The student should be able to compare and contrast experiences that actually occur in sport with the stories that have been assigned. The student should be able to express in oral and written form specific narratives that define sport experiences.
Textbook/Reading Packet: ORIARD, M. (1982). Dreaming of Heroes: American Sports Fiction, 1868 - 1980. Chicago: Nelson-Hall.
MALAMUD, B. (1952). The Natural. New York: Avon Books.
KINSELLA, W.P. (1982) Shoeless Joe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Oriard, Michael, "On the Current Status of Sports Fiction," Irwin Shaw, "The Eighty Yard Run," Jack London, "A Piece of Steak," Jack London, "The Madness of John Harned," Ernest Hemingway, "The Capitol of the World," William Harrison, "Roller Ball Murder," "Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio," A.E. Housman, "To An Athlete Dying Young," Ernest Lawrence Thayer, "Casey at the Bat."
Field of Dreams, The Natural, Rocky , Bull Durham, A League of Their Own, Rollerball.
Students are required to lead a discussion of a selected film, novel, or short story. Examinations are essay, and makeup examinations are granted on a case-by-case basis; if you plan ahead we will re-schedule examinations, reports, and presentations. The term report consists of a thematic analysis of a selected film, novel, or short story. No makeups for unplanned absences. The grading scale is a curve, where your work is evaluated relative to others in the class.
|Point Distribution||Possible Points|
|Oral Analysis of selected film or fiction||10|
|Report on a selected story||30|
|Scale: To be developed in class|
This class discusses sport from the narrative perspective which includes film, fiction (novels and short stories), and poetry. This is an enjoyable activity, one which requires you to be familiar with the material when it is discussed in class. Make sure you get the reading done! Films are available at the Reserve Book Room in the library or can be rented at the local video stores. Plan ahead to get your viewing done.
This is a seminar where each student will have the opportunity to lead the discussion of a selected work. Depending on the size of the class, several students may do the same story. Use the fiction study sheet to provide the format for your discussion.
All students will be required to analyze one story for a term project. This will be a written report of 8 to 10 pages in length using your own analysis, your text, the fiction study sheet, movie and book reviews, and journal articles reviewing the story.
The midterm and the final will cover the themes of the sections discussed in class. All questions on the tests are essay, and will be given to you ahead of time. Answers must be typed.
A student who employs dishonest tactics shall be subject to action ranging from reprimand to a grade of "F." Refer to the current catalog for specific information. Basically, this means don't cheat.
CAMPBELL, J. (1972). Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
CAMPBELL, J. (1988). Myths to Live By. New York: Bantam Books.
COOVER, R. (1968). The Perfect Game. The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. New York: Random House.
GENT, P. (1975). Monday. North Dallas Forty. New York: Morrow.
HARRISON, H. (1985). Roller Ball Murder. In D. Vanderwerken and S. Wertz (Eds.). Sport Inside Out (pp.9-19). Fort Worth, Texas: TCU Press.
HEMINGWAY, E. (1987). The Capitol of the World. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
HOUSEMAN, A.E. To An Athlete Dying Young. The Collected Poems of A.E. Housman.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
JENKINS, D. (1985). Game-Face. Sport Inside Out. Fort Worth: Texas Christian
KINSELLA, W.P. (1982) Shoeless Joe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
LARDNER, R. (1916). A New Busher Breaks In. You Know Me Al. New York:
LONDON, J.(1905). The Game. New York: Grosset & Dunlap.
__________ (1913). The Abysmal Brute. New York: Century.
__________ (1958a). A Piece of Steak. In P. Schweb and H. Warren Wind (Eds). Great Stories From The World of Sport. New York: Simon & Schuster.
__________ (1958b). The Madness of John Harned. In P. Schweb and H. Warren Wind (Eds). Great Stories From The World of Sport. New York: Simon & Schuster.
MALAMUD, B. (1952) The Natural. New York: Avon.
NOVAK, M. (1988). The Joy of Sports. Lanham, Maryland: Hamilton Press.
The Natural. Tri-Star Pictures, 1984.
Personal Best. United Artists, 1980.
Rocky. MGM/UA Film, 1976.
Rollerball. United Artists, 1975.
ROBERTSON, J.O. (1980). American Myth, American Reality. New York: Hill and
SHAW, I. (1985). The Eighty Yard Run. In D. Vanderwerken and S. Wertz (Eds.). Sport Inside Out (pp.9-19). Fort Worth, Texas: TCU Press.
SPEED, E. (1985). The Coach Who Didn't Teach Civics. In D. Vanderwerken and S. Wertz (Eds.). Sport Inside Out (pp.680-84). Fort Worth, Texas: TCU Press.
THAYER, E.L. (1971). Casey at the Bat. Sports Poems. New York: Dell.
WASSERMAN, E. (1965) "The Natural": Malamud's World Ceres. Centennial Review,
WEINSTEIN, S. (1984). The Tournament. Arete: The Journal of Sport
Literature, II(1), 131-39.
WRIGHT, J. (1962). Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio," The Branch Will Not
Break. Wesleyan University Press.
BERMAN, N.D. (1981). Playful Fictions and Fictional Players: Game, Sport, and Survival in Contemporary American Fiction. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press.
DODGE, T. (Ed.). (1980). A Literature of Sports. Lexington, Mass: D.C. Heath and Company.
HIGGS, R.J. (1981). Laurel and Thorn: The Athlete in American Literature. Lexington: The university Press of Kentucky.
HIGGS, R.J. (1982). Sport: A Reference Guide. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.
MESSENGER, C. K. (1981). Sport and the Spirit of Play in American Fiction: Hawthorne to Faulkner. New York: Columbia University Press.
Tentative Course Outline: Topics are sequential
Collect term papers
Review for final
16. Final Examination
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