English | THE MYTHS AND METAPHORS OF BASEBALL: MEN, WOMEN, AND AMERICAN CULTURE
W170 | 1941-1942 | Nathanial Smith


Projects in Reading & Writing - Topic:  THE MYTHS AND METAPHORS OF
BASEBALL:  MEN, WOMEN, AND AMERICAN CULTURE

This course is designed to engage women and men in a
fun-yet-analytical look at American culture through the lens of
baseball, a game which has served as a metaphor for the best (and
worst) of American society.  While "only a game," baseball reproduces
influential cultural symbols and myths, and it is itself a complex
sign of our times.  Students, along with reading some great
literature, analyzing movies (including "A League of Their Own" and
"Field of Dreams"), and learning a great deal about writing, will be
encouraged to ask challenging questions:  How much can we learn about
American history from its leisure activities?  Is baseball really
representative of (a metaphor for) the full richness of American
diversity, or might it ultimately cater to more elite, wealthy, and
masculine interests?