The Cambridge Companion to Baseball


Author: Leonard Cassuto,Stephen Partridge

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139826204

Category: Literary Criticism

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Baseball is much more than a game. As the American national pastime, it has reflected the political and cultural concerns of US society for over 200 years, and generates passions and loyalties unique in American society. This Companion examines baseball in culture, baseball as culture, and the game's global identity. Contributors contrast baseball's massive, big-business present with its romanticized origins and its evolution against the backdrop of American and world history. The chapters cover topics such as baseball in the movies, baseball and mass media, and baseball in Japan and Latin America. Between the chapters are vivid profiles of iconic characters including Babe Ruth, Ichiro and Walter O'Malley. Crucial moments in baseball history are revisited, ranging from the 1919 Black Sox gambling scandal to recent controversies over steroid use. A unique book for fans and scholars alike, this Companion explains the enduring importance of baseball in America and beyond.

The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo


Author: John N. Duvall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139828088

Category: Literary Criticism

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With the publication of his seminal novel White Noise, Don DeLillo was elevated into the pantheon of great American writers. His novels are admired and studied for their narrative technique, political themes, and their prophetic commentary on the cultural crises affecting contemporary America. In an age dominated by the image, DeLillo's fiction encourages the reader to think historically about such matters as the Cold War, the assassination of President Kennedy, threats to the environment, and terrorism. This Companion charts the shape of DeLillo's career, his relation to twentieth-century aesthetics, and his major themes. It also provides in-depth assessments of his best-known novels, White Noise, Libra, and Underworld, which have become required reading not only for students of American literature, but for all interested in the history and the future of American culture.

The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture


Author: Christopher Bigsby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107494982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 516

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The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture offers a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible overview of the cultural themes and intellectual issues that drive the dominant culture of the twentieth century. This companion explores the social, political and economic forces that have made America what it is today. It shows how these contexts impact upon twentieth-century American literature, cinema and art. An international team of contributors examines the special contribution of African Americans and of immigrant communities to the variety and vibrancy of modern America. The essays range from art to politics, popular culture to sport, immigration and race to religion and war. Varied, extensive and challenging, this Companion is essential reading for students and teachers of American studies around the world. It is the most accessible and useful introduction available to an exciting range of topics in modern American culture.

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture


Author: Yoshio Sugimoto

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107495466

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 430

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This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the influences that have shaped modern-day Japan. Spanning one and a half centuries from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this volume covers topics such as technology, food, nationalism and rise of anime and manga in the visual arts. The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture traces the cultural transformation that took place over the course of the twentieth century, and paints a picture of a nation rich in cultural diversity. With contributions from some of the most prominent scholars in the field, The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture is an authoritative introduction to this subject.

Transpacific Field of Dreams

How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War


Author: Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807835625

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 314

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Baseball has joined America and Japan, even in times of strife, for over 150 years. After the "opening" of Japan by Commodore Perry, Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu explains, baseball was introduced there by American employees of the Japanese government tasked wit


A Celebration of Fenway Park's Centennial Told Through Red Sox Radio and TV


Author: Curt Smith

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1597979368

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 276

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The history of Fenway Park, in its Voice's words

The Cambridge Companion to Football


Author: Rob Steen,Jed Novick,Huw Richards

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107014840

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 313

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Football is the world's most popular sport. It is a cultural phenomenon and a global media spectacle. For its billions of fans, it serves as a common language. But where does its enduring popularity come from? Featuring essays from prominent experts in the field, scholars and journalists, this Companion covers ground seldom attempted in a single volume about football. It examines the game's oft-disputed roots and traces its development through Europe, South America and Africa, analysing whether resistance to the game is finally beginning to erode in China, India and the United States. It dissects the cult of the manager and how David Beckham redefined sporting celebrity. It investigates the game's followers, reporters and writers, as well as its most zealous money makers and powerful administrators. A valuable resource for students, scholars and general readers, The Cambridge Companion to Football is a true and faithful companion for anyone fascinated by the people's game.

The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard


Author: Matthew Roudané

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521777667

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 329

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Few American playwrights have exerted as much influence on the contemporary stage as Sam Shepard. His plays are performed on and off Broadway and in all the major regional American theatres. They are also widely performed and studied in Europe, particularly in Britain, Germany and France, finding both a popular and scholarly audience. In this collection of seventeen original essays, American and European authors from different professional and academic backgrounds explore the various aspects of Shepard s career - his plays, poetry, music, fiction, acting, directing and film work. The volume covers the major plays, including Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, and True West, as well as other lesser known but vitally important works. A thorough chronology of Shepard s life and career, together with biographical chapters, a note from the legendary Joseph Chaikin, and an interview with the playwright, give a fascinating first-hand account of an exuberant and experimental personality.

The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction


Author: Gerry Canavan,Eric Carl Link

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316240274

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience. Science fiction in America has long served to reflect the country's hopes, desires, ambitions, and fears. The ideas and conventions associated with science fiction are pervasive throughout American film and television, comics and visual arts, games and gaming, and fandom, as well as across the culture writ large. Through essays that address not only the history of science fiction in America but also the influence and significance of American science fiction throughout media and fan culture, this companion serves as a key resource for scholars, teachers, students, and fans of science fiction.

The Cambridge Companion to Harold Pinter


Author: Peter Raby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521658423

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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The Cambridge Companion to Harold Pinter provides an introduction to one of the world's leading and most controversial writers, whose output in many genres and roles continued to grow until the author's death in 2008. Harold Pinter, winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, produced work for the theatre, radio, television and screen, in addition to being a highly successful director and actor. This volume examines the wide range of Pinter's work (including his recent play Celebration). The first section of essays places his writing within the critical and theatrical context of his time, and its reception worldwide. The Companion moves on to explore issues of performance, with essays by practitioners and writers. The third section addresses wider themes, including Pinter as celebrity, the playwright and his critics, and the political dimensions of his work. The volume offers photographs from key productions, a chronology, checklist of works and bibliography.

Feldspiel und Weltspiel, Batter und Bowler: Über Baseball, Cricket und Literatur



Author: Peter Münder

Publisher: CulturBooks

ISBN: 3944818024

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 35

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Um 1900 waren die beiden Sportarten Baseball und Cricket in den USA sehr populär und fanden ungefähr gleich viele Anhänger. Doch dann erlebte plötzlich nur Baseball einen starken Boom und Cricket wurde als Freizeit-Aktivität für empfindsame Schöngeister in eine Nische abgedrängt, während Baseball als »uramerikanischer« National-Sport mit nationaltypischen Eigenschaften von Vereinen und Fans vereinnahmt und im großen Stil vermarktet wurde. Im Essay »Feldspiel, Weltspiel« versucht Peter Münder diesen unterschiedlichen Entwicklungen und angeblich nationaltypischen Aspekten auf den Grund zu gehen. Berücksichtigt werden dabei soziologische und psychoanalytische Studien, Baseball-Haiku, englische Cricket-Anekdoten und vor allem zwei Romane, deren Hauptfiguren Baseball-, bzw. Cricket-Spieler sind: Chad Harbachs Bestseller »Die Kunst des Feldspiels« und Joseph O ́Neills »Niederland«.

The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt


Author: Andrew Shenton

Publisher: Cambridge Companions to Music


Category: Music

Page: 250

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An authoritative guide to Arvo Pärt, this Companion provides a rounded picture of the man and his music.

God Bless America

The Surprising History of an Iconic Song


Author: Sheryl Kaskowitz

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199919771

Category: Music

Page: 240

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The song 'God Bless America' has come to inhabit our collective consciousness. This book tells the fascinating story behind the song, from its composition in 1918 by Irving Berlin, to its first performance by Kate Smith in 1938, to its post 9/11 popularity.


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Ernest Hemingway


Author: Eugene Goodheart

Publisher: Salem PressInc


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 369

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"Ernest Hemingway's public persona and reputation, literary style, affinity with modern painting, and conception of character are among the subjects of these commentaries on the author's life and work."-About this volume.