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Although many Americans think of Jackie Robinson when considering the story of segregation in baseball, a long history of tragedies and triumphs precede Robinson's momentous debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. From the pioneering Cuban Giants (1885-1915) to the Negro Leagues (1920-1960), black baseball was a long-standing staple of African American communities. While many of its artifacts and statistics are lost, black baseball figured vibrantly in films, novels, plays, and poems. In Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line, author Emily Ruth Rutter examines wide-ranging representations of this history by William Brashler, Jerome Charyn, August Wilson, Gloria Naylor, Harmony Holiday, Kevin King, Kadir Nelson, and Denzel Washington, among others.

Reading representations across the literary color line, Rutter opens a propitious space for exploring black cultural pride and residual frustrations with racial hypocrisies on the one hand and the benefits and limitations of white empathy on the other. Exploring these topics is necessary to the project of enriching the archives of segregated baseball in particular and African American cultural history more generally.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Archival Interventions: Black Baseball and Imaginative Literature
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. The First Wave - Shadow Archives, White Saviors, and Magical Negroes: Representations of Black Baseball in the 1970s
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. Chapter 1. “I Was Born Too Quick”: Archival Contributions and Limitations in The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. Chapter 2. Black Baseball Novels and White Redemption
  2. pp. 41-66
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  1. The Second Wave - "It Was Ours”: Black-Authored Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line
  2. pp. 67-70
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  1. Chapter 3. Black Baseball’s Archive of Cultural Nationalist Feeling
  2. pp. 71-92
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  1. Chapter 4. “Let’s Play Two”: The Affective Resonances of Black Baseball in African American Poetry
  2. pp. 93-108
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  1. The Third Wave - Reconfigurations of the Archive in Contemporary Black Baseball Literature
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. Chapter 5. Crossing the Color Line in Mark Winegardner’s The Veracruz Blues and Kevin King’s All the Stars Came Out That Night
  2. pp. 113-134
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  1. Chapter 6. Educating the Next Generation: Black Baseball Children’s Books
  2. pp. 135-158
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  1. Coda - An Archive of Feelings Revisited: Fences on Screen
  2. pp. 159-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-174
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781496817167
Related ISBN
9781496817129
MARC Record
OCLC
1031373873
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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