the 2011 sla conference program
university of maine
orono, maine

scott peterson & judy hakola, hosts
john slack & dennis gildea, program chairs

wed 6.22     thurs 6.23     fri 6.24     sat 6.25

WEDNESDAY 22 June 2011

The SLA all together on the Maine coast

Registration in Woolley Room, DTAV Community Building (follow signs from campus entrances): Tuesday: noon to 11 pm, Wednesday: 8 am to 5 pm

8:00 am: Woolley Room, DTAV Building: Registration and light breakfast for dorm residents and early arrivals

ALL DAYTIME SESSIONS AND BREAKS TODAY IN HILL AUDITORIUM, BARROWS HALL

8:45-9:00am: Welcoming remarks: Dean Jeff Hecker, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

9:00-10:15 am

SESSION I: TOP OF THE ORDER—BASEBALL

Chair: Julian Meldon D'Arcy

Tim Morris (University of Texas, Arlington), 21st Century Baseball Fiction: Where (or, Whither?)

Henry Garfield (University of Maine), Kinsella, McAlpine and me: How Baseball's Open-Ended Structures Lend Themselves to Science Fiction

Rus Bradburd (New Mexico State University), Sport and Social Progress: The Nolan Richardson Story

10:15-10:45am Coffee Break

10:45am-Noon

SESSION II: KNIGHTHOOD AT THE RACE TRACK

Chair: Don Johnson

Jeff Segrave (Skidmore College), The knighthood of nothingness (Chevalerie du neant): Henry de Montherlant, Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympic Games Movement

Fred Mason (University of New Brunswick), Sporting at the apocalypse: On the Beach and at the race track with Nevil Shute

Dick Stull (Humboldt State University), Sports Today and In the Day – A Moment of Reflection or a Sound Bite Connection: Creative Strategies for the Discussion of Sport, Society, History and Popular Culture in Short Radio Scripts

LUNCH: Hilltop Dining Commons 12:00-1:30



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1:30 - 2:45pm

SESSION III: FOOTBALL HEROES

Jay D'Arcy, Dick Stull, and Tim Morris: never a lousy moment

Chair: Joyce Duncan

David Vanderwerken (Texas Christian University), Boys to Men or Boys to Boys? Biff Loman and Brick Pollitt: Surviving Football in Death of a Salesman and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Julian Meldon D'Arcy (University of Iceland), Captains of Sports as Captains of Industry: Football in the Fiction of Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Kyle Belanger (Springfield College), Blind Spots on Michael Oher's Blind Side: Exploring Opposing Sides of the Racial Divide

2:45-3:15pm Coffee Break

3:15-4:45pm

SESSION IV: FICTION READING I

Chair: Duncan Jamieson

Holly Rose Hansen (Oklahoma State University), sleek curve pushing

Bruce Pratt (University of Maine), City Water

Dennis Gildea (Springfield College), Charlie: A Tribute and a Prayer.

5:00pm

Games/BBQ Cookout/ Readings at Stillwater Riverside (Steamplant parking lot; Wells Commons if rainy)

Jeremy Larance coached by croquet guru Eric Solomon

7:00pm

SESSION V: POETRY AND FICTION

(after cookout)

Chair: Mark Noe

Don Johnson (East Tennessee State University), Look Away

H.R. Stoneback (SUNY-New Paltz), Sports Poems: Old and New, Lost and Found

Dick Stull (Humboldt State University), Two poems and Wake-Up Call from Coach Mephisto in One's Mid-50s


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THURSDAY 23 June 2011

8:00 am: Woolley Room, DTAV Building: Light breakfast for dorm residents and early arrivals

ALL DAYTIME SESSIONS AND BREAKS TODAY IN HILL AUDITORIUM, BARROWS HALL

9:00-10:15am

SESSION VI: CLEMENS, BUKOWSKI, AND SOLOMON

Chair: Susan Bandy

Craig Riordan (Humboldt State University), "Between Innings" and New Adventures in Baseball Tourism

Duncan Jamieson (Ashland University), Samuel L. Clemens and the Bicycle

Eric Solomon (San Francisco State), "Gino Cimoli"

10:15-10:45am Coffee Break

10:45am-Noon

SESSION VII: HEMINGWAY AND BOXING

Chair: Dick Stull

Jeremy Larance (West Liberty University), Muhammad "Übermensch" Ali: Depictions of "The Greatest" as a Black Superhero in the Popular Culture of the 1970s

Matthew Nickel (University of Louisiana, Lafayette), "Then I began to love him more than anything on earth": Hemingway's Fishing and Hunting Meditations

H.R. Stoneback (SUNY-New Paltz), Hemingway, Mailer and Boxing: "Oohh Normie—You're So Hemingway"

"Stoney" Stoneback remembers Mailer, Dylan, Floyd Patterson, and the 1980 US hockey team

Noon: Box lunch (eat in Hill or take with you)

PLAY DAY: Day trip to the coast; hiking; golf; what you will (see Scott and Judy about arrangements)

DINNER ON YOUR OWN



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FRIDAY 24 June 2011

8:00 am: Woolley Room, DTAV Building: Light breakfast for dorm residents and early arrivals

ALL DAYTIME SESSIONS AND BREAKS TODAY IN HILL AUDITORIUM, BARROWS HALL

9:00-10:15am

SESSION VIII: SPORTS, COLD AND HARDBOILED

Chair: Jeremy Larance

Angie Abdou (College of the Rockies), Trekking up the Cunterbury (cq) Trail: Pilgrimage as Sport

Jamie Dopp (University of Victoria), Hockey as a Sign of the Real: Or, Alice Munro and Slavo Zizec Drop Gloves at Centre Ice

Sylvester Frazier (University of Texas, Arlington), Myron Bolitar: Culture and the Hardboiled Sports Agent

10:15-10:45am Coffee Break

10:45-noon

SESSION IX: GENDER, RACE, AND ART

Chair: Craig Riordan

Susan Bandy (Ohio State University), Reconsidering Gender Differences: Literary Treatment of Vulnerability and Sport

Scott Peterson (University of Maine), The Post and the Busher: Building a Better Average American

Michael Oriard (Oregon State University), Harper's Weekly, the Poster Craze, George Bellows, and the Ashcan School: The Beginnings of Football Art

noon-1:30pm LUNCH: Hilltop Dining Commons

1:30-2:45pm

SESSION X: DOGS AND MULES: FICTION AND NONFICTION

Melissa Whitney on the coast

Chair: Angie Abdou

Dennis Gildea (Springfield College), Charlie: A Tribute and a Prayer

Melissa Sue Whitney (University of Texas, San Antonio), Mule Skinner

Henry Garfield (University of Maine), from Tartabull's Throw

2:45-3:15pm Coffee Break

3:15-4:45pm

SESSION XI: BASEBALL AND PURGATORY

Chair: Kyle Belanger

Richard McGehee (University of Texas, Austin), El Jardinero Solitario: Abel Quezada, Vicente Lenero, and El Filder del Destino [The Fielder of Destiny]

Will Bishop (University of Kansas), From `Have faith in the Yankees my son' to "Damn Yankees": The Bronx Bombers in Mid-Twentieth Century Fiction

Greg Thomas (Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School), Pleasurable Pastimes in Purgatory

6:00pm: Dinner: Bear Brew Pub, downtown Orono (rides provided)

7:00pm

SESSION XII: FICTION

Bear Brew Pub (following dinner)

Chair: Mark Noe

Ron Smith (St. Christopher's School), New Sport Poems

G. Louis Heath (Ashford University), Female Wrestler

Cliff Robinson (Ashford University), Chasing the American Dream: A Chubby Fan(atic) Recalls His Top Ten Favorite Professional Wrestlers

Craig Riordan (Humboldt State University), Diamonds in the Night


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SATURDAY 25 June 2011

8:00 am: Woolley Room, DTAV Building: Light breakfast for dorm residents and early arrivals

Dick and Manel McGehee

ALL DAYTIME SESSIONS AND BREAKS TODAY IN HILL AUDITORIUM, BARROWS HALL

9:00-10:15am

SESSION XIII: BOXING ON THE GRIM SIDE

Chair: Dennis Gildea

Richard McGehee, Samuel Feijoo and El Gran Golpe [The Big Punch]

Christopher Fahy (Boston University), Towards Bloody Redemption: Sacrifice in the American Boxing Film

Jason Blake (University of Ljubljana), Writing Grimly about the Joyful World of Sports

10:15-10:45am Coffee Break

10:45am-noon

SESSION XIV: NEW VOICES IN FICTION

Chair: Joyce Duncan

Michael Fournier (Middlesex Community College), from Zachariah Tietz

Katie Lattari (University of Maine), from Zembla vs. American Vaudeville

12:00-1:30pm: Buffet lunch and business meeting, Hill Auditorium

Remembering John Slack (following business meeting)

AFTERNOON FREE

5:00pm

Reception and Maine Buffet, Wells Commons

Speaker: James R. Babb, editor, Gray's Sporting Journal



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