John Updike and Norman Mailer : sport inferences

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Kathryn Jane Upshaw (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Celeste Ulrich

Abstract: Through the examination of the styles of writing, biographies, and novels of the two modern contemporary American authors John Updike and Norman Mailer, the problem of an author's use of sport in the literary genre of the novel provides a thrust into the relationship of the sport phenomenon to a literary art form. Sport inferences employed by the two authors as each developed the novelized elements of plot, characterization, and setting, directed the organization of the study. As an author and his style are synonymous, the congruency of the authors' sport backgrounds and the allusions to sport in their novels also received examination. Sport inferences were studied by first examining the biographies and styles of the two authors. Each of Updike's six novels and Mailer's five were then reviewed with particular emphasis on the pattern of usage in each novel. From these patterns, concepts which seemed to structure the sport philosophies projected by each author were drawn for general comparisons of the two.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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