A Member of the Local Nine: Baseball and Identity in the Fiction of W.P. Kinsella

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McFarland, Oct 26, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 230 pages
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The first in-depth study of Kinsella's fiction since 1987, this book offers a unique and updated analysis. Utilizing a variety of approaches and the hermeneutical lenses of race, gender, class, religion, sexuality and post colonialism, this comprehensive text covers the five novels and numerous short stories featuring baseball. Topics include a broad history of both juvenile and adult baseball fiction, an overview of how the genre has grown since the early 1950s, and the various forms of national, community and individual identity that have formed around the sport. The bibliography offers a balance of primary baseball fiction and secondary scholarship, demonstrating the numerous approaches to the game and its literature.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
1 The Foundations and Approaches of Baseball Fiction and WP Kinsella
7
2 Is This Heaven?
29
3 We Are Family
75
4 Putting the I in Team
106
5 Playing Short
170
6 We the People
195
Bibliography
209
Index
215
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William Steele is a former associate professor of English at Cascade College in Portland, Oregon. He now lives and teaches in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he is an associate professor of English at Oklahoma Christian University.

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