Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Penelope Martindale L&S Arts & Humanities

Baseball as a Site of Gender Renegotiation in American Film

Baseball occupies a unique space in American culture as a phenomenon rich in meaning for individuals and the nation alike. The game is a symbol of American virtue, grit, and skill, a game played by good, hard-working American men who know and love it, at least in popular imagination. Film is crucial to the maintenance of this myth; however, baseball films falter when it comes to those who are not men. There are no women in the major leagues, and yet, images of women who are curious and enthusiastic about baseball who have exemplary knowledge and skill are not entirely absent from cinema. Thus, this project aims to examine exactly what happens when women and baseball are in the same film, how baseball in and of itself can be a site where women and non-men negotiate their gender and grant their skills and presences legitimacy, and how film techniques can be used for this legitimization.

Message To Sponsor

I want to extend my profound thanks to the sponsor of this project for endorsing my chosen area of research and for providing me with the financial support I need to produce a film of my own. It is rare for film as a field to receive academic and intellectual recognition, and I appreciate your support in the worthy effort of finding and making meaning in movies.
Major: Film and Media Studies Major / Creative Writing Minor
Mentor: Dolores McElroy
Sponsor: Shin Morgan Fund
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