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Title: Reading the Signs: Chad Harbach’s Art of Fielding, Baseball, and the Graphic Imagination
Author(s): Edwards, Justin D.
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Keywords: Baseball
Chad Harbach
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2018
Citation: Edwards JD (2018) Reading the Signs: Chad Harbach’s Art of Fielding, Baseball, and the Graphic Imagination. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 59 (5), pp. 509-518.
Abstract: Although not a graphic novel, graphics are integrated into the fabric of Chad Harbach’s The Art Of Fielding (2011). By graphics, I mean the juxtaposing and mixing of alphabetical and pictographic designs, and I argue that the novel engages with the graphic imagination by including graphic dynamics to convey complex meanings through the conjunction of difference and identity in inscription and visual form. In a keyboard character or a letter there are, for instance, complicated dimensions in the relationship between the printed letter and its meaning, thus revealing a rhetoric whose graphic and textual nature allows meaning to emerge in ways that move beyond the utterances of speech and reflect the visual baseball sign system.
DOI Link: 10.1080/00111619.2018.1427547
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