Raceball : African Americans and myths of America in baseball literature

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Coetzee, John M en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Austen, Benjamin en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-30T14:47:31Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-30T14:47:31Z
dc.date.issued 1997 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Austen, B. 1997. Raceball : African Americans and myths of America in baseball literature. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/18419
dc.description.abstract This paper will examine moments in literature where the narratives of baseball as American myth and those involving African Americans converge, moments where authors confront (either consciously or not) the implications of both narratives within the same shared space. It is at these moments of convergence that the mythic language surrounding the game and its interaction with African Americans are thrown into dramatic relief. A myth, says Roland Barthes in his Mythologies, is a kind of "metalanguage," a narrative which refers to and talks about another narrative; it is at least twice removed from any referent which exists in reality. "What is invested in the concept," writes Barthes, "is less reality than a certain knowledge of reality." Examining this space will reveal how myths operate and continue to affect an understanding of personal and national identities, especially since this space involves the intersection of the emblematic discourse of baseball with a black presence that appears to question the very tenets of established national memory. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Literary Studies en_ZA
dc.title Raceball : African Americans and myths of America in baseball literature en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of English Language and Literature en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Austen, B. (1997). <i>Raceball : African Americans and myths of America in baseball literature</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of English Language and Literature. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/18419 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Austen, Benjamin. <i>"Raceball : African Americans and myths of America in baseball literature."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of English Language and Literature, 1997. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/18419 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Austen B. Raceball : African Americans and myths of America in baseball literature. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of English Language and Literature, 1997 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/18419 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Austen, Benjamin AB - This paper will examine moments in literature where the narratives of baseball as American myth and those involving African Americans converge, moments where authors confront (either consciously or not) the implications of both narratives within the same shared space. It is at these moments of convergence that the mythic language surrounding the game and its interaction with African Americans are thrown into dramatic relief. A myth, says Roland Barthes in his Mythologies, is a kind of "metalanguage," a narrative which refers to and talks about another narrative; it is at least twice removed from any referent which exists in reality. "What is invested in the concept," writes Barthes, "is less reality than a certain knowledge of reality." Examining this space will reveal how myths operate and continue to affect an understanding of personal and national identities, especially since this space involves the intersection of the emblematic discourse of baseball with a black presence that appears to question the very tenets of established national memory. DA - 1997 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1997 T1 - Raceball : African Americans and myths of America in baseball literature TI - Raceball : African Americans and myths of America in baseball literature UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/18419 ER - en_ZA


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