the 2012 sla conference program
springfield college
springfield, massachusetts

dennis gildea, host
duncan jamieson, program chair

wed 6.27     thurs 6.28     fri 6.29     sat 6.30

WEDNESDAY 27 June 2012

8:30-9:00am: Opening remarks

Angie Abdou learns the Rules of Basketball

9:00-10:30am

SESSION ONE: NINETEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND

Chair: Julian Meldon D'Arcy, University of Iceland

Philip Wedge, University of Kansas, Saving the Best of the Coveys: Sport in the Novels of Jane Austen

Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University, The Doctrine of [W. G.] Grace: The Sporting World's First International Icon

10:45am-12:15pm

SESSION TWO: PLAYS AND PROSE

Chair: Duncan Jamieson, Ashland University

Jennifer Avila, University of California, Riverside, Boxing, Masculinity and Speaking the Unspoken: An Examination of Oliver Mayer's Play Blade to the Heart

Carina Staudte, University of Flensburg, Sport in Philip Roth's American Pastoral and The Human Spirit

Jason Shrontz, University of Rhode Island, Tickers and Twitters: Sports Media and the Distracted Audience

LUNCH: 12:30pm-1:30pm



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1:45 - 2:45pm

SESSION THREE: FOOTBALL

Chair: Joyce Duncan

Mark Noe, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Shakespeare in the End Zone

Julian Meldon D'Arcy, University of Iceland, The Brute and the Gridiron: Football and the Prescient Fiction of Frank Norris

3:15-4:45pm

SESSION FOUR: FICTION

Chair: Angie Abdou, College of the Rockies

L. Don Morrow, University of Western Ontario, His Majesty

Scott Peterson, University of Maine, The Right Fielder's Mother

Bruce Pratt, University of Maine, Split Ticket

Ron Smith receives poetic inspiration

EVENING COOKOUT

SESSION FIVE: POETRY

Chair: Don Johnson, East Tennessee State University

Shelly Sanders, Abilene Christian University

Ron Smith, St. Christopher's School

Henry Garfield, University of Maine, Marsball (fiction)


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THURSDAY 28 June 2012

8:30-10:00am

SESSION SIX: TEXTUAL ANALYSIS

Chair: Fred Mason, University of New Brunswick

Michael Brittain, University of Texas at Arlington, The Worldwide Reader in Sports: A Pseudo-Paratextual Analysis of ESPN The Magazine's "The Fiction Issue"

Carolyn Fortuna, Franklin High School (MA) and Rhode Island College, Play Ball! Uncovering social practices and cultural reproduction in sports texts

Richard V. McGehee, University of Texas at Austin, A Feminist's Nightmare? Or not? Lía Schenck's Remate Cruzado [Goal Shot]

10:30am-Noon

SESSION SEVEN: BASEBALL

Chair: Tim Morris, University of Texas at Arlington

Scott D. Peterson, University of Maine, Making It Real: The Influence of Journalism in Early Baseball Fiction

Don Johnson, East Tennessee State University, Michael Bishop's Brittle Innings

Mark Sickman, Writer, Rap Music, the Academy and the Emergency of Baseball Poetry

LUNCH 12:15-1:15pm

1:30-2:30pm

SESSION EIGHT: WINTER SPORTS

Chair: L. Donald Morrow, University of Western Ontario

Richard Parker, University of Gaziantep, The Giants / Tjanting: Ron Silliman's Baseball

Angie Abdou, College of the Rockies, "Skating Against a Ghost": Anxiety of Influence, Women's Hockey, and Cara Hedley's Twenty Miles

1:30-2:30pm

SESSION NINE: TWO AND FOUR LEGGED RUNNERS

Chair: Joyce Duncan, East Tennessee State University

Doug Hochstetler, Penn State University, Lehigh Valley, Once Upon an Amish (?) Runner: Reflections on Yasso, Parker and Thoreau

Rick Paar, Springfield College, Chasing Greyhounds

Joyce Duncan as Thing Three

Tour of Springfield College Museum

Dinner At Basketball Hall of Fame

Speaker: Michael Weinreb, author of Bigger Than The Game



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FRIDAY 29 June 2012

8:30-10:00am

SESSION TEN: BASEBALL AGAIN

Chair: Scott Peterson, University of Maine

Henry Garfield, University of Maine, Jane Leavy, Sandy Koufax, and Freddie Garcia: Baseball's minimalist games and the minimalist requirements of turning a single game into a work of literature

Marty Dobrow, Springfield College, The Strangest Game of the Century at Fenway Park

Robert S. Brown, Daniel Webster College, Nolan Ryan's Self-Description as Financial Commodity: A Comparative Analysis of Ryan's Autobiographies

10:30-noon

SESSION ELEVEN: HEROES

Chair: Jeremy Larance, West Liberty University

Tim Morris, University of Texas at Arlington, Small Balls, Beset Manhood: John Feinstein's Golf Books

Martha Barry-Plotkin, Springfield College, Gentleman Ed and the Gifts of the Game

Thomas Bauer, University of Limoges (with Joris Vincent, University of Lille), Portrait of a Rugby Man With a Broken Face

Michele Schiavone, Marshall University, Father, Son and Baseball in Sarah Freligh's Sort of Gone

AFTERNOON AND EVENING FREE



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SATURDAY 30 June 2012

8:30-9:30am

SESSION TWELVE: DOCUMENTARIES

Chair: Kyle Belanger, Springfield College

Connie Ann Kirk , Writer/independent Scholar, SENNA—Sinner, Saint—or Poet?: The Paradox of Ayrton Senna in Kapadia's Documentary, Hilton's Memories, and the View of Vintage Racers

Fred Mason, University of New Brunswick, "Steel," Real Steel and Stableford: Fighting the Future

Past President Shelly Sanders

10:00-11:45am

SESSION THIRTEEN: ANALYZING BALLGAMES

Chair: Phil Wedge, University of Kansas

Richard V. McGehee, The University of Texas at Austin, To Win or Not to Win: Alejandro Bravo's El Jugador de Pelota [The Ballplayer]

Kyle Belanger, Springfield College, Navigating Between the Lines: Marv Levy's Truth is Better than His Fiction

Dennis Gildea, Springfield College, Ford, Fitzgerald, Schulberg and the Dartmouth Winter Carnival of 1939

Business Meeting

LUNCH 1pm

AFTERNOON FREE

BANQUET



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