English | Projects in Reading & Writing: Baseball as a National and Nationalizing Force
W170 | 7148 | Arbour


TOPIC:		Baseball as a National and Nationalizing Force
INSTRUCTOR:	Robbie Arbour

7148		TR		4:00P – 5:15P		WH 114

"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes
to you," crooned Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in 1968. In 1889, the
poet Walt Whitman wrote that baseball "has the snap, go, fling, of
the American atmosphere," and even today, Americans fondly refer to
baseball as the "national pastime." In 1968, the idea that a
baseball star could captivate a nation was nothing new, but in the
post-Civil War nation the game hardly even had regularized rules.
This course seeks to investigate the connection between the nation
and the national pastime, asking what it means that baseball is, as
Whitman says "America’s game." What can we learn about crucial
changes in American history, such as the Civil War and the Civil
Rights Movement, from the changes in the game of baseball? How can
examining modern developments like women's softball, the
Hispanicization of modern baseball, or recent problems like
immigration, bioethics, and gender? Can baseball help us learn
something about America's future? With a focus on learning the
principles of critical reading and analytical writing, this course
will draw on contemporary, scholarly and popular texts as well as a
variety of primary sources, including newspapers, magazines,
photographs and film to investigate what it means that baseball has
functioned as both a reflection of the nation and a force in the
construction of the nation.

This course fulfills the English Composition requirement.