I will admit I’m just learning the rules of competition and the run of play in cricket, but worldwide it has become the second-biggest sport in terms of spectator interest according to some sources. As I build this module I’m watching the Tata Indian Premier League Playoffs on ESPN+ and the production values rival any college football or NFL game you’ll see this fall. Also a sport invented in Great Britain, cricket has a complicated history as it has become popular in parts of the world that used to be part of the British Empire. In this module, we will...
Examine traditional portrayals of cricket
Consider the frames used by storytellers, scholars and others to understand the sport
Practice the sport itself to interact with British cricketers and others
See how far you can get in The Theory and Practice of Cricket:
The theory and practice of cricket.pdf
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In “The Summer Game,” pay particular attention to the language and the images used. Similarly, look at the language in The Theory and Practice of Cricket. Based on these sources, who plays this game? Who enjoys it? What makes it so nostalgic to these authors? Write a short post in #08summergame.
Carrington and Fletcher discuss the culture formed around cricket in immigrant communities in Britain. Can you think of a comparable situation in the US, where a sport is the venue in which cultural outsiders negotiate their identities? Write a short post in #09identity describing that situation and providing some evidence/context for your observations in the form of articles, news stories, social-media posts, etc.
As you’re watching, write up at least two observations about the frames of cricket, colonialism, and race used by the filmmakers, much as we did with “Bend it like Beckham” in class. Post to #10babylon. Ideally do them in dialogue with one another
Wednesday, July 20
Class: Day 10
Fire in Babylon discussion
Race as framed in sport
No homework tonight; time to work on white papers.
Thursday, July 21
Class: Day 11
Cricket in real life
Sunday, July 24
DM outline for white paper to Suggs.
Monday, July 25
Class: Day 12
Discussion of white papers
Tuesday, July 26
Class: Day 13
One-on-ones with Suggs
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