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Your fifth paper (due Tues 25 March) will be a five-page maximum comparison / contrast essay on DeLillo's End Zone and Everett's Suder. You know the drill by now: choose an interesting comparative theme that seems to unite or distinguish the two texts. They are both "postmodern" novels in standard critical parlance: oblique, eccentric, philosophical, asymmetric. Neither one is your standard sport yarn, and that may be a starting point: how do we get from the standard sport yarn (of which Billy Boy is a good example) or even the straightforward sport anti-yarn (of which "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner" is an archetype) to these stranger beings, the postmodern sport fictions?
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