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ENGL 118
Baseball Literature and American Culture


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Humanities]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Examines the short stories, poetry, novels, and non-fiction that focus on our national pastime in order to determine how authors perceive the game as reflective of larger issues in American life and the human condition. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Identify and explain key aspects of baseball's history, such as the game's origins, the beginning of professional baseball, the dead-ball era, the "Black Sox" scandal, the breaking of the color line, the breaking of the reserve clause, and the causes and effects of performance-enhancing drugs on the game.
  • Correlate baseball's development with American social and cultural life.
  • Examine how key components and unique values of the game contribute to its long-standing appeal in American life.
  • Evaluate how the literary elements in well-written baseball stories, such as characterization, setting, and plot, contribute to the stories' themes.
  • Examine how important ideas found in some of baseball's finest fiction and non-fiction shed light on the American character.
  • Score the literary merits of one of baseball's finest writers against those of a reputable writer of non-baseball fiction.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    ENGL 118
    Spring 2014
    9637
    Krzysztof Piekarski
    ENGL 118
    Spring 2012
    9637
    Ralph Speer
    ENGL 118
    Spring 2011
    1439
    Brad LaFran
    ENGL 118
    Spring 2010
    1439
    Brad LaFran


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
    X
    X
     
     
     
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.