English 187aa. The Aesthetics of Athletics

Instructor: John Stauffer
Thursday, 12:00-2:30pm | Location: Barker 114
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This course explores the rarely studied but intimate relationship between art and athletics in literature, visual art, movies, and performance.  We examine literary and other representations of athletics; the emotional and philosophical parallels of artists and athletes; along with the dedication to craft and the ideal of perfection.   Authors include Herman Melville; David Foster Wallace; Chad Harbach; Joyce Carol Oates; Frederick Douglass; Willa Cather, Ross Gay, Samuel Fussell, others.