Readings

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The required texts for this course are the following:

Amazon logo Assael, Shaun, and Mike Mooneyham. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks. New York, NY: Crown, 2002. ISBN: 9780609606902.

Amazon logo Foley, Mick. Foley is Good and the Real World is Faker than Wrestling. New York: Reagan Books, 2001. ISBN: 9780061032417.

Amazon logo Sammond, Nicholas, ed. Steel Chair to the Head. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780822334385.

Amazon logo Molinaro, John. The Top 100 Pro Wrestlers of All Time. Toronto, Canada: Winding Stair Press, 2002. ISBN: 9781553663058.

Amazon logo Anderson, Ole. Inside Out: How Corporate America Destroyed Professional Wrestling. Hendersonville, TN: Crowbar Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780974554501.


SES # TOPICS READINGS
1 Introduction to course
2 Pre-television wrestling

Amazon logo Morton, Gerald W., and George M. O'Brien. "Demise and Rebirth: The Cyclic History of Wrestling." In Wrestling to Rasslin': Ancient Sport to American Spectacle. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1985, pp. 3-45. ISBN: 9780879723231.

Molinaro, John. "George Hackenschmidt" p. 114, "Frank Gotch" pp. 62-63, and "Ed 'Strangler' Lewis" pp. 66-67.

Kerrick, George E. "Miscellany: The Jargon of Professional Wrestling." American Speech 55, no. 2 (Summer 1980): 142-145.

3 1950s television

Griffin, Marcus. Fall Guys: The Barnums of Bounce. Chicago, IL: Reilly and Lee, 1937, pp. 39-58.

Molinaro, John. "Jim Londos" pp. 64-65, "Gorgeous George" pp. 74-75, and "Antonino Rocca" p. 153.

Boeck, Brian J. "Book Reviews: Hooker." Journal of American Culture 21, no. 4 (Winter 1998): 89.

Amazon logo Meltzer, Dave. Tributes II: Remembering More of the World's Greatest Professional Wrestlers. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing, 2004. "Lou Thesz" pp. 220-239 and "Andre the Giant" pp. 66-81. ISBN: 9781582618173.

Amazon logo ———. "Buddy Rogers." In Tributes: Remembering Some of the World's Greatest Wrestlers. Toronto, Canada: Winding Star Press, 2001, pp. 114-119. ISBN: 9781553660859.

Thesz, Lou, and Kit Bauman. Hooker: An Authentic Wrestler's Adventures Inside the Bizarre World of Professional Wrestling. 2nd ed. Norfolk, VA: Lou Thesz, 1995, pp. 87-99 and 112-124.

Amazon logo Jares, Joe. "Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?" In Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George? Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1974, pp. 11-23. ISBN: 9780139518300.

4 Women in wrestling

Beverly, Forest Steven. "A History of Professional Wrestling as Television Programming." Master's Thesis. Auburn, AL: Auburn University, 1989, pp. 24-30, 33-37, 54-56, and 66-86.

Amazon logo Dell, Chad. "Wrestling with the Mainstream Press." In The Revenge of Hatpin Mary: Women, Professional Wrestling and Fan Culture in the 1950s. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006, pp. 31-46. ISBN: 9780820472706.

5 Introduction to the territories: The NWA

Molinaro, John. "Terry Funk" pp. 86-87, "Dory Funk Jr" p. 96, "Dusty Rhodes" pp. 106-107, "Jack Brisco" pp. 122-123, and "Harley Race" pp. 124-125.

Anderson, Ole. "The Psychology of Booking." pp. 171-180.

———. "Be-eee There!" pp. 210-214.

Amazon logo Matysik, Larry. "Sam and Me, Part II." In Wrestling at the Chase. Toronto, Canada: ECW Press, 2005, pp. 53-69. ISBN: 9781550226843.

Amazon logo ———. "Ring the Bell For Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk, Jr." In Wrestling at the Chase. Toronto, Canada: ECW Press, 2005, pp. 92-94. ISBN: 9781550226843.

Martin, William C. "Friday Night at the Coliseum." Atlantic Monthly 229 (March 1972): 83-87.

6 The AWA, part I

Barthes, Roland. "The World of Wrestling." In Steel Chair to the Head. Translated by Annette Lavers. pp. 23-32.

Molinaro, John. "Verne Gagne" pp. 82-83, and "Nick Bockwinkel" pp. 104-105.

Amazon logo Stone, Gregory P., and Ramon A. Oldenburg. "Wrestling." In Motivations in Play, Games and Sports. Edited by Ralph Slovenko and James A. Knight. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 1967, pp. 503-532. ISBN: 9780398017774.

7 The AWA, part II

Amazon logo Freedman, Jim. "Will the Sheik Use His Blinding Fireball? The Ideology of Professional Wrestling." In The Celebration of Society: Perspectives on Contemporary Cultural Performance. Edited by Frank E. Manning. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1983, pp. 67-79. ISBN: 9780879722463.

Gutowski, John A. "The Art of Professional Wrestling: Folk Expression in Mass Culture." Keystone Folklore Quarterly 7, no. 2 (Summer 1972): 41-50.

Workman, Mark. E. "The Differential Perception of Popular Dramatic Events." Keystone Folklore Quarterly 23 (Summer 1979): 1-10.

8 World class championship wrestling

Amazon logo Freedman, Jim. Drawing Heat. Windsor, Canada: Black Moss Press, 1988, pp. 7-80 and pictures. ISBN: 9780887531699.

Amazon logo Meltzer, Dave. "Fritz Von Erich." In Tributes: Remembering Some of the World's Greatest Wrestlers. Toronto, Canada: Winding Star Press, 2001, pp. 62-69. ISBN: 9781553660859.

9 World wide wrestling federation

Amazon logo Freedman, Jim. Drawing Heat. Windsor, Canada: Black Moss Press, 1988, pp. 94-149. ISBN: 9780887531699.

Molinaro, John. "Bruno Sammartino" pp. 70-71.

10 Detroit wrestling / Discussion of Drawing Heat

Amazon logo Freedman, Jim. Drawing Heat. Windsor, Canada: Black Moss Press, 1988, pp. 150-190. ISBN: 9780887531699.

Amazon logo Meltzer, Dave. "The Sheik." In Tributes II: Remembering More of the World's Greatest Professional Wrestlers. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing, 2004, pp. 82-93. ISBN: 9781582618173.

11 Memphis wrestling / Andy Kaufman

Craven, Gerald, and Richard Moseley. "Actors on a Canvas Stage: The Dramatic Conventions of Professional Wrestling." Journal of Popular Culture 6, no. 2 (Fall 1972): 326-336.

Amazon logo Mazer, Sharon. "Watching Wrestling/Writing Performance." In Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture. Edited by Henry Jenkins, Tara McPherson, and Jane Shattuc. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002, pp. 270-286. ISBN: 9780822327370.

Williams, Randall. "Tonight the Hulk vs. Ox Baker." Southern Exposure 7, no. 3 (1979): 30-35.

Amazon logo Meltzer, Dave. "Freddie Blassie." In Tributes II: Remembering More of the World's Greatest Professional Wrestlers. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing, 2004, pp. 14-27. ISBN: 9781582618173.

Molinaro, John. "Jerry Lawler" p. 161.

12 WWE in the 1980s

Ford, Sam. "Role-Playing in the Stands: A Symbolic Interactionist Ethnography of Professional Wrestling Fans." (PDF)

Benaka, Lee. Interviews with Lou Thesz, Bruno Sammartino, Dave Meltzer.

Molinaro, John. "Hulk Hogan" pp. 26-32, "Randy Savage" pp. 144-145, and "Roddy Piper" pp. 162-163.

13 WWE in the late 1980s through mid-1990s

Campbell, John W. "Professional Wrestling: Why the Bad Guy Wins." Journal of American Culture 19, no. 2 (Summer 1996): 127-132.

Grubisic, Brett Josef. "Testing Mettle: Goldust and the Spectacle of Masculinity in the World of Wrestling." Popular Culture Review 10, no. 1 (1999): 139-156.

Molinaro, John. "Bret Hart" pp. 90-91, "The Undertaker" p. 157, "Shawn Michaels" pp. 138-139, "Mick Foley" pp. 147-148, "Steve Austin" pp. 50-55, "Rock" pp. 72-73, "Kurt Angle" and "Chris Benoit" pp. 202-204, "Triple H" pp. 204-205, and "Chris Jericho" p. 205.

14 NWA/WCW in the 1980s and early 1990s

Molinaro, John. "Ric Flair" pp. 1-7.

Anderson, Ole. "Skyrocketing Expenses." pp. 265-269.

———. "Corporate Duh-Merica." In Inside Out. pp. 279-293.

Amazon logo Matysik, Larry. "The War." In Wrestling at the Chase. Toronto, Canada: ECW Press, 2005, pp. 175-193. ISBN: 9781550226843.

Trujillo, Nick, et al. "A Night with the Narcissist and The Nasty Boys: Interpreting the World Wrestling Federation." Qualitative Inquiry 6, no. 4 (December 2000): 526-545.

15 The Monday Night War, part I

Anderson, Ole. "Spending Ted's Money." pp. 315-323.

Bischoff, Eric with Jeremy Roberts. "Running the Show." In Controversy Creates Cash. New York, NY: Pocket Books, 2006, pp. 81-113.

Amazon logo Bischoff, Eric. Excerpt from "Prime Time." In Controversy Creates Cash. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2006. pp. 145-166. ISBN: 9781416527299.

16 The Monday Night War, part II Amazon logo Reynolds, R. D., and Bryan Alvarez. "1998: Momentum is Money." In The Death of WCW. Toronto, Canada: ECW Press, 2004, pp. 117-165. ISBN: 9781550226614.
17 Masculine melodrama and getting' screwed

Jenkins, Henry III. "Never Trust a Snake: WWF Wrestling as Masculine Melodrama." In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 33-66.

Ford, Sam. "Excellence of Execution: Vince McMahon's Incorporation of Expose into Fiction." (PDF)

Plagens, Peter. "Pinning Reality to the Mat." Chronicle of Higher Education 24 September, 1999, B9.

18 Good Ol' J. R., part I Assael, Shaun, and Mike Mooneyham. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks. Chapters 1-5.
19 Good Ol' J. R., part II Assael, Shaun, and Mike Mooneyham. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks. Chapters 6-9.
20 McMahon, part I

Assael, Shaun, and Mike Mooneyham. Sex, Lies, and Headlocks. Chapters 10-17, and "Our Story Since Then."

Anderson, Ole. "Mis-Management." pp. 360-370.

———. "Nothing New Under the Sun." pp. 371-378.

McNeil, Bryce. Foot on the Rope: Corporate Apologia and the Discourse of Vince McMahon. Masters thesis, University of Maine, 2002, pp. 61-104.

21 McMahon, part II Foley, Mick. Introduction and chapters 1-8.
22 WWE attitude era Foley, Mick. Chapters 9-17.
23 ECW Foley, Mick. Chapters 18-34.
24 Mick Foley, part I

Foley, Mick. Epilogue.

Gantz, Walter. "WWF RAW Study." Indiana University and Inside Edition.

25 Mick Foley, part II Ford, Sam. "Mick Foley: Pro Wrestling and the Contradictions of the Contemporary American Hero." (PDF)
26 WWE as transmedia empire Ford, Sam. "The McMahons: Creating a Synergistic Pro Wrestling Media Empire." (PDF)
27 The death of Owen Hart

Amazon logo Meltzer, Dave. "Owen Hart." In Tributes II: Remembering More of the World's Greatest Professional Wrestlers. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing, 2004, pp. 2-13. ISBN: 9781582618173.

Wright, Benjamin P. Wrestling with Reality: Hyperreality Examined in the World Wrestling Federation. Masters Thesis, Wake Forest University, 2001, pp. 48-73.

28 Ethnographies of pro wrestlers' lives, part I Mazer, Sharon. "Real Life." In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 91-112.
29 Ethnographies of pro wrestlers' lives, part II De Garis, Lawrence. "The Logic of Professional Wrestling." In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 219-243.
30 Contemporary pro wrestling Battema, Douglas, and Philip Sewell. "Trading in Masculinity: Muscles, Money, and Market Discourse in the WWF." In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 260-294.
31 Wrestling and masculinity

Katz, Jackson, and Sut Jhally. "Manhood on the Mat." The Boston Globe 13 February, 2000: E1.

Jenkins, Henry, III. "Wrestling with Theory, Grappling with Politics" In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 295-316.

Jenkins, Henry, IV. "Growing Up and Growing More Risque." In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 317-342.

32 Wrestling as performance
33 Contemporary WWE, part I Lowney, Kathleen S. "Wrestling with Criticism: The World Wrestling Federation's Ironic Campaign Against the Parents Television Council." Symbolic Interaction 26, no. 3 (2003): 427-446.
34 Contemporary WWE, part II

Serrato, Phillip. "Not Quite Heroes: Race, Masculinity, and Latino Professional Wrestlers." In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 232-259.

Seiter, Ellen. "Wrestling with the Web: Latino Fans and Symbolic Violence." The Internet Playground. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005. pp. 63-82.

35 Contemporary WWE, part III Ford, Sam. "World Wrestling Entertainment in Japanese Culture in the 21st Century." (PDF)
36 Female wrestling fandom Salmon, Catherine, and Susan Clerc. "Ladies Love Wrestling, Too: Female Wrestling Fans Online." In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 167-191.
37 The independents

Sammond, Nicholas. "Squaring the Family Circle: WWF Smackdown Assaults the Social Body." In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 155-188.

Rahilly, Lucia. "Is RAW War? Professional Wrestling as Popular S/M Narrative." In Steel Chair to the Head. pp. 213-231.

38 Wrapping up
39 Wrapping up (cont.)