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All-Stars and Movie Stars: Sports in Film and History

edited by Ron Briley, Michael K. Schoenecke, and Deborah A. Carmichael

Availablecloth$60.00x 978-0-8131-2448-3
Film and History
328 pages  Pubdate: 06/20/2008  6 x 9 x 1  59

In addition to the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, sports offer a versatile arena for discussion of class, race, gender, sexuality, and other social facets. All-Stars and Movie Stars: Sports in Film and History examines the interplay between sports films and the defining characteristics of the cultures from which they emerge. This important and unique collection will serve scholars of film, popular culture, and American history.

Ron Briley, assistant headmaster and teacher of history at Sandia Preparatory School, is the author of Class at Bat, Gender on Deck and Race in the Hole: A Line-Up of Essays on Twentieth Century Culture and America’s Game.

Michael K. Schoenecke is professor of literature and languages at Texas Tech University.

Deborah A. Carmichael, assistant professor at Michigan State University, is associate editor of the journal Film & History and editor of the collection The Landscape of Hollywood Westerns: Ecocriticism in an American Film Genre.

The scholarship throughout the essays is solid and grounded. A careful, yet thoroughly engaging look at how sports in film speak to audiences of values, identities, and the cultural thrills that draw us to competition. -- Cynthia J. Miller, Emerson College

This collection is rigorously detailed and has quite an impact. Baseball, boxing, cross-country, track. -- Choice

Demonstrates that sports films are rich documents, that they offer much for scholars of film, television, cultural studies, sport, and history. -- American Studies

The works chosen reflect legendary sports figures or movements, large audiences, significant filmic innovations, or critical accolades...a handy package that serves personal learning, reference, library collection, or course introduction. -- Film and History