the 2006 sla conference program:
humboldt state university
arcata, california

craig riordan, host
john slack, program chair

Manami Inoue, Tim Denevi, Shelly Sanders, and Miho Koishihara in Arcata

thurs 6.22     fri 6.23     sat 6.24     sun 6.25

THURSDAY, June 22, 2006

Session Zero 8:30-9:15 a.m.

Welcome, Late Registration, and Opening Remarks

Session 1 9:15-10:30 a.m.

Teaching The Dixie Association Across Disciplines

Chair: David Vanderwerken
Tom Wells, Schreiner University, "As American as Mom's Apple Pie: Racism, Sexism, Religious Fundamentalism, and Patriotism - A Marxist Critique of The Dixie Association"
Lydia Kualapai, Schreiner University, "How the Hell does a Yankee Feminist Teach The Dixie Association Deep in the Heart of Texas?"
Lori Noonan, Schreiner University, "The Dixie Association - A Student's Perspective"

Session 2 10:45 a.m.-Noon

Corruption, Potential, and Alienation in Sport Fiction

Chair: Ed Sims
Tim Denevi, University of Hawaii, "Fighting with Umpires: A Personal History"
Michelle Sanders, University of Texas at Arlington, "'Fit, Ready, Dangerous': Writing Mind-Body Potential in YA Swimming Fiction"
Jason Vinson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, "The Feminist Alienation Effect in 'How I Came West and Why I Stayed'"

LUNCH 12:00-1:00

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Session 3 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Then and Now: Sport Fiction in the British Isles

Chair: Don Johnson
Timothy Randell, Loyola University of Chicago, "Golf and Revolution: A Utopian Vision of Globalization in Thomas Mathieson's The Goff "
Troy Gregory, Cape Breton University, 'Sport Psychology's "Zone," Literary Theory's "Liminal Space" and New Contexts in Early Sporting Literature'
Ray Gamache, University of Maryland, "The Graven Language of Prediction in Joyce's Ulysses"
John Slack, Florida Memorial University, "Counting All the Cards When Play Runs Very High: Games and Sports as Signifiers in Four Dubliners' Short Stories"

Session 4 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Fiction Reading I

Chair: Ron Smith
Tim Denevi, University of Hawaii, selection from his novel, Baseball in the Afterworld
Lyle Smith, "A View from the Mountain"
Don Johnson, East Tennessee State University, excerpt from his novel Blue Winged Olive
Scott Peterson, University of Maine, "Cheering for the Laundry"

TRANSPORT to Big Lagoon Lake for Picnic Dinner

Poetry Reading at Big Lagoon

Session 5 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Poetry Reading

Chair: Neil Nakadate
John B. Lee, Black Moss Press
Roger Bell
Neil Nakadate, Iowa State University
Daniel Bronson, Montclair State University
Ron Smith, St. Christopher's School
Dick Stull, Humboldt State University
Marty Gervais, Black Moss Press

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FRIDAY, June 23, 2006

Session 6 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Out of Bound[arie]s: Football and Rowing Narratives

Chair: Joyce Duncan
Michael Oriard, Oregon State University, "The Storytelling Art of NFL Films"
Kerry Ahearn, Oregon State University, "Pen Strokes: Adult Fiction on Rowing"
Julian D'Arcy, University of Iceland, "'Quarterbacking the Green Bay Packers': Football and Other Sports Metaphors in Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion

Session 7 10:30 a.m.-Noon

The Wide World of Sport Narratives

Chair: Michele Schiavone
Rus Bradburd, New Mexico State University, "From the memoir Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops"
Wendy Varney, University of Wollongong, "Fired with Football Fervour: A Comparison of Two 'Australian Rules' Football Plays"
Frank Fury, Drew University, "Sports, Politics, and the Corruption of Power in Robert Penn Warren's All The King's Men"


Program Chair John Slack meets a very large tree



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Session 8 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Fiction Reading II

Chair: Scott Peterson
Marty Gervais, Black Moss Press, excerpt from his novel Reno
Joe Thompson, "Needles in a Bike Pack"
Ray Gamache, University of Maryland, "The Sleeping Past"
Dick Stull, Humboldt State University, excerpt from his novella, No Mas: Finding Roberto Duran

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David and Karen Vanderwerken in Arcata

SATURDAY, June 24, 2006

Session 9 8:45-10:00 a.m.

Man, Woman, and Ghoul at Play

Chair: Tim Morris
David Vanderwerken, Texas Christian University, "Man to Man: Brian DeVido's Every Time I Talk to Liston"
Scott Peterson, University of Maine, "Take Me Out to the Old Ghoul Game: Play, Convention, and Appropriation in Michael Bishop's Brittle Innings"
Susan Bandy, "Body Culture and the Pleasure of the Text in Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Victoria Benedictsson's Money"

Session 10 10:15-11:30 a.m.

Business Meeting

Michele Schiavone, Presiding


Session 11 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Balls, Bikes, Breasts, and Bums in Sport Narratives

Chair: Mark Noe
Dick Stull, Humboldt State University, "The Open Road: Self-Discovery and Self Revelation in Mid-century American Women as Seen Through Bus Ride Conversations in A League of Their Own"
Kathleen Porter, University of Texas at Arlington, "From Chapter III of Fly for a White Guy"
John Morefield, East Tennessee State University, "Caporeira Angola in the Fiction of Jorge Amado"

Session 12 2:45-4:00 p.m.

The Heroic and the Comedic in Early Sport Literature

Chair: Julian D'Arcy
Don Johnson, East Tennessee State University, "Richard Ford and Sport"
Eric Solomon, San Francisco State University, "Mordecai Richler and the Comedy of Baseball"
Troy Gregory, Cape Breton University, "Sporting Literature: The Unlikely, Comical History of a Rather Serious-Minded Literary Genre"

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BANQUET 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Dave Meggyesy

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SUNDAY, June 25, 2006

Tim Morris and Neil Nakadate at the 2006 Banquet

Session 13 8:45-10:00 a.m.

Cultural, Physical, and Personal Identity in Sport

Chair: Susan Bandy
Tim Morris, University of Texas at Arlington, "The Friendly Confines of Prose: Chicago Cubs in Fiction"
Manami Inoue, "The Egocentric Use of Generic You and Sports Players"
Miho Koishihara, Kokushikan University, "Sports Literature for Young Adults in Japan: Athletes' Bodies in the Literature of Female Authors"

Session 14 10:15-11:45 a.m.

The Sports Triad: Inspiration, Success, Failure

Chair: Dick Crepeau
Craig Riordan, Humboldt State University, with Jonathan Beauchamp, "Yosemite: An Inspiration for Outdoor Adventure Sport Literature"
Sylvester Frazier, University of Texas at Arlington, "Janet and TO through 19th Century Eyes"
Mark Noe, Pennsylvania College of Technology, "Drifting, Hopeless, Obviously Incompetent . . . Successes: Bill Barrett's Pulp Pugilists"

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