Baseball, Reading, and Culture [Full]
Mariann Maris, Senior Lecturer
- Course: ENGLISH 192, SEM 014
- Class Number: 21731
- Credits: 3 HU
- Time: TR 2:00 – 3:15 PM
- Place: CRT 108
What do stories, essays, movies, and other details about baseball teach us about life in America? In this course, you will develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills through your study of select baseball materials. How have writers, artists, and the media used words and images about the game of baseball that indicate the American experience? For example, what how do American English clichés rely on baseball? You will view and read reviews of movies such as The Natural and Bull Durham in order to understand how the topic of baseball influences modern culture.
Goals of the seminar include: (1) Developing critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, using television, film, music, books, essays and stories. (2) Learning, critiquing, and applying academic theories about baseball and life. (3) Reflecting about the challenges, surprises, and other experiences through D2L and an e-Portfolio.
Assignments will invite you to examine baseball books, essays, and movies. Classes and assignments are designed so that students engage in active learning, hypothesizing, and theorizing—you are or will become scholars of baseball. Grading is based on: In-class Learning Activities & preparation for class; an e-Portfolio you use to incorporate your writing, images, videos, and other representations about baseball to reflect your critical thinking about class work related to the topic; in-class presentations assigned at the conclusion three thematic units (Unit 1: Essays about baseball icons Unit 2: Research and analysis of the Documentary movie about baseball, Sugar, Unit 3: Critique of an adult novel with baseball as its focus – a reading list will be provided).
Students will read two essays, “A Mickey Mantle Koan,” and “Getting to Know Roger,” and a memoir, Me and Hank, by Milwaukeean, Sandy Tolan. In addition they will use the library to complete baseball trivia games and other assigned research assignments. At the end of the semester, they will work in groups to complete an end-of-semester project related to the semester’s course work. To celebrate the end of their successful first semester experience at UWM, students will take tour of Miller Park set up exclusively for this seminar.
About the Instructor:
Professor Baseball, Mariann Maris - no relation to Roger Maris, has facilitated many discussions related to baseball, such as "The History of Baseball Park Construction," "The History of the All-Star Game," "Building Miller Park," and this first-year seminar, "Baseball, Reading, and Culture." Her goal for students who enroll in this first-year seminar is three-fold:
- Make it possible for students to learn more about how to succeed academically at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by focusing on baseball as a topic
- Help students set and follow a time-schedule and take personal responsibility for their behavior