Gods Among Us
Date of Award
Arts and Culture
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
Baseball, Basketball, and Football in Contemporary American Literature
In American culture, many people condone the exorbitant salaries, cosseted treatment, and lawless behavior of professional athletes because of the deep roots of our infatuation with sports. This project contains four sections of an accompanying novel, which centers on the importance athletic games play in American culture and played in past cultures across the world. The work also features an analysis of the portrayal of baseball, basketball, and football in post-World War II American literature. This research focuses on an extensive review of original fiction and criticism regarding these games. Overall, the project explores the patterns in the depictions of baseball, basketball and football and examines, through interpretation, the core reasons behind America's consecration of these sports.
Lucas, Ryan Christopher, "Gods Among Us" (2014). Arts and Culture. 84.