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Aug. 25, 2018

Richard Black presents paper examining novel, baseball literature


Dr. Richard Black

Dr. Richard Black

Dr. Richard Black, an associate professor of English at Northwest Missouri State University, presented June 20 at the 35th Annual Conference of the Sport Literature Association at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Black presented his paper, “Signs in the Dust: Eric Rolfe Greenberg’s Baseball Jeremiad in The Celebrant,” in the first of several panels on the literature of baseball.

His paper examines the 1983 novel and baseball literature in general, as influenced by the genre of the American jeremiad, a literary form that laments a national past defined by unity and piety in contrast to present conditions of disorder and degeneracy.

Black, who joined the Northwest faculty in 2008, specializes in 19th and 20th century American literature and culture, American regionalism, American social realism and literary naturalism, and film studies and history.

He earned his Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Tulsa. He has a Master of Arts degree from Texas State University at San Marcos and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.


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