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The ubiquity of the sporting event, the athlete as hero, the athlete as failure, the crowd, the fan, the stadium, and all of the complex conflicts therein have long been the subjects of some of the finest writing in America and throughout the world. Writers have used sport as a context through which to explore and examine ideas such as beauty, the sublime, tragedy, politics, race, class, sexuality, and gender. This course will focus on poetry, fiction, and non-fiction invested in the public spectacles and private revelations of sport ranging from the poetics of praise to issues of urbanism, colonialism, globalization with readings by Pindar, Rankine, CLR James, Baldwin, Hemingway, Oates, DeLillo, and many others. This course will be taught online in a synchronous format.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
Students will be expected to complete a number of short (5 pages or less) papers during the semester and one longer paper (8-10 pages) at the end of the semester.
first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level ENGL course.
Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
This course will focus on literature about sports that addresses, among other topics, civil rights activism, gentrification, race dynamics and race relations both inside and outside of the USA, American exceptionalism, sociocultural construction of emotional displays, mental health, religious conflict, and anti-blackness.