the 2008 sla conference program:
east tennessee state university
johnson city, tennessee

joyce duncan and don johnson, hosts
shelly sanders, program chair

thurs 6.26     fri 6.27     sat 6.28     sun 6.29

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THURSDAY, June 26, 2008

Opening Remarks

Session 1 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know…: Searching in and for Sport Literature

Chair: Michele Schiavone
Troy Gregory, Cape Breton University, "A Story of American Forgetfulness: A Vanishing Icon; or, the Strange Case of the Disappearing Golfer."
L. Donald Morrow, University of Western Ontario, "Big Bobby Bonaduce: Still Searching for the Rink of Dreams"
Craig Riordan, Humboldt State University, "Wipeout: The Search for the Great Surfing Novel"

Session 2 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Presentation of the Sport Literature Association Lifetime Achievement Award to Jack Higgs

Jack Higgs invokes Emerson in Johnson City

Chair: Joyce Duncan
Dick Crepeau
Don Johnson
Susan Bandy
Eric Solomon
Neil Isaacs
Joseph Price

LUNCH 12:00-1:00

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Session 3 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Recovering Race and Roles in Sport Narratives

Chair: David Vanderwerken
John Slack, Florida Memorial University, "August Wilson's Fences: The Life and Hard(ball) Times of Troy Maxson"
Michele Schiavone, Marshall University, "Fiction of the Negro Leagues and Black Barnstorming"
Rus Bradburd, New Mexico State University, "Lay Down My Burden: Nolan Richardson, Race, and College Basketball"
Melissa Sue Whitney, "Donald Hays and The Dixie Association: Transforming Life's Stadium"

Session 4 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Original Fiction and Art

Chair: Don Johnson
John Morefield, "Doe Season"
Tom Burton, East Tennessee State University, "On Thinking the Bases are Covered" and "On Being a Contender"
Norman German, Southeastern Louisiana University, "Call Forwarding"
Raejean Clark, "Gyotaku Demonstration"

7:30 p.m.
With Chuck Brodsky --

Chuck Brodsky's songwriting pokes fun at political corruption, road rage, mischief he made as a kid, even dumping garbage in the river; he sings about unsung heroes and forgotten but incredible people…odd characters from the game of baseball, migrant fruit pickers, the Goat Man, a clown, or "Radio," a developmentally disabled man and the love showered on him for 40 years at a high school in South Carolina (this song was used in the 2003 movie Radio). In addition to being fixtures on the Dr. Demento show, his songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, David Wilcox, Sara Hickman, Chuck Pyle, and many others, and his tune "Blow 'em Away" was selected by Christine Lavin for Shanachie's 1996 "Laugh Tracks" album. He's appeared on nationally syndicated radio programs "Mountain Stage," "Acoustic Cafe," and "River City Folk," and has performed three concerts of his celebrated baseball story songs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ron Smith, Richmond, VA
Dale Ritterbusch, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Don Johnson, East Tennessee State University
Robert Hamblin
Dick Stull, Humboldt State University

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FRIDAY, June 27, 2008

Session 1 9:00-10:15 a.m.

The Good, Bad and the Poetic in Sport Narratives

Chair: Mark Noe
John Turnbull, Decatur, GA, "500 Words Plus Team Lists: The Literary Economy of the Football Match Report"
Frank Fury, Monmouth University, "'Short's the Best Position They Is': The 'Brass-Knuckled Poetry' of Baseball in Tobias Wolff's 'Bullet in the Brain'"

Session 2 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Preserving Sport History and Identity

Chair: Julian D'Arcy
Michael Oriard, "Toward a Genealogy of American Sports Fiction (with Particular Attention to the Publishing Firm of Street and Smith)"
Kerry Ahearn, Oregon State University, "A.J. Liebling's Appetite for Paris: the Muscular Interlude"
Jon Dart, Leeds, Trinity & All Saints, "From Book to Blog: The 1998 and 2006 World Cup Finals"
James Pipkin, University of Houston, "Fables of American Identity in Sports Autobiographies: Joe DiMaggio and Jake La Motta"


Session 3 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Original Fiction and Nonfiction

Chair: Scott Peterson
John Slack, Florida Memorial University, "Chisel at the Bat"
Shelly Sanders, Abilene Christian University, "Hunger"
Richard Kortum, East Tennessee State University, "Mad Dogs & Englishmen: Hoops Across the Water"
Tim Denevi, "The Wolfman in Barry Bonds"

Session 4 3:00-4:15

Double-takes in Sport and Life

Chair: Frank Fury
Dennis Gildea, Springfield College, "A Double Reconstruction: Reader Response to Clair Bee's Chip Hilton Novels and Jack McCallum's Bee Profile"
Roberta Herrin and Sheila Oliver, "Striking Out and Hitting Home Runs in Sport Literature for Children"
Duncan Jamieson, Ashland University, "A Female Bill Bryson"
Jon Billman, Oklahoma State University, "The Punching Show"

7:30 PM


Gathering at Carolyn and Don's mountain house for readings and libation
Norman German, "Controlled Burn"
Scott Peterson, "Mystery Play"
Mike Pemberton, "Who's Got Next?"
Dick Stull

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SATURDAY, June 28, 2008

Session 1 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Sport Literature and Pedagogy

Chair: Tim Morris
Kevin Burke, East Tennessee State University, "Sport in the Cinema and Television"
Sue Tretter, Lindenwood University, "Books N' Strikes: Lindenwood University's Sports Literature 'Class'"
Dave Hutter, Case Western Reserve University, "Sports Literature as the Resource for Developing Writing Proficiency"

Session 2 10:30-12:00 a.m.

Tim Morris invokes Scott Peterson in Johnson City

Mark Harris Panel: A Discussion

Chair: Eric Solomon
Tim Morris, The University of Texas at Arlington, It Looked Like Forever
Scott Peterson, The University of Maine, The Southpaw
Mike Brittain, The University of Texas at Arlington, Bang the Drum Slowly
Kathleen Sullivan Porter, Southern Methodist University, A Ticket for a Seamstitch


Dick Stull on guitar in Johnson City


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SUNDAY, June 29, 2008


Session 12 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Fear and Loathing (…and Cyborgs) in Sport Literature

Chair: Susan Bandy
Dave Hutter, Case Western Reserve University, "Fear of Failure in End Zone"
Justin Burton, Rutgers University, "Posthuman Hybridity in So You Think You Can Dance"
Sylvester Frazier, The University of Texas at Arlington, "The Race and Ethics Wasteland of Sports-talk Radio"

Session 2 10:30-12:00

Keeping Time and Wit in Sport Fiction

Chair: Shelly Sanders
Julian D'Arcy, University of Iceland, "Appointment on the Gridiron: Football in the Fiction of John O'Hara"
David Vanderwerken, Texas Christian University, "Shantih, Shantih, Shantih, Bob Bonaduce: Bill Gaston's The Good Body"
Richard V. McGehee, Concordia, UT, ACC, "The Evil That Men Do…": Sergio Sant'Anna's No Ultimo Minuto (In the Last minute)
Mike Brittain, The University of Texas at Arlington, "The Role of the Catcher in Baseball Fiction"

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