Readings and Multimedia


·       Josh Rosenblatt, Why We Fight: One Man’s Search For Meaning Inside the Ring.

·       F.X. Toole, Million Dollar Baby (previously published as Rope Burns)  

·      David Remnick, King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero

·      Jeremy Schaap, Cinderella Man 

·      Leonard Gardner, Fat City

·      Homer, Iliad, Book 23, line 664

·      Gottschall, Jonathan. “The Riddle of the Duel.” The Professor in the Cage. Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch. Penguin, 2015.  

       Print. (BB)

·      Talese, Gay. “The Loser,” Esquire. March 1964. Print. Found online at The Stacks on (link has YouTube videos of Patterson

       vs. Liston II)

·      Liebling, A.J. “Ahab and Nemesis,” The New Yorker. 8 October, 1955, Print. (BB)

·      Sanneh, Kelefa. “No One Knows Whether Ronda Rousey Still Wants to Fight.” The New Yorker. 30 December 2016, Online. (BB)

·      Le Roi Jone, "In the Ring," The Nation (June 29, 1964)

·      Tom Wolfe, "The Marvelous Mouth," Esquire (October 1963)

·      Murray Kempton, "The Champ and The Chump: The Meaning of Liston Clay I," The New Republic (March 7, 1964)

·      George Plimpton, "Miami Notebook: Cassius Clay and Malcolm X," Harper's (June 1964)

·      A True Champion Vs. The 'Great White Hope’ on

·      How Bruce Lee Exploded a Stereotype With a One-Inch Punch, New York Times

·      The Sociology of MMA: Women’s Integration into the UFC, 

·      Masculinities and Sexualities in Sport and Physical Cultures: Three Decades of Evolving Research by Eric Anderson.

·      The Story of Benny “Kid” Paret: Cuban Boxers, the Cuban Revolution, and the U.S. Media, 1959-1962 by Crhistina D. Abreu

·      “Meryl Streep slammed mixed martial arts. She doesn’t know what she’s missing.” Sunny Bunch, Washington 

·      “Say No to Fight Club, New York,” Nicole Gelinas, New York Times. 

·      Joseph Harris, Rewriting

·      Stanley Fish’s How to Write A Sentence

·      Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, They Say, I Say

Films and Multimedia:

·       Rocky (1976) 

·      Raging Bull (1980)  

·      The Fighter (2010)  

·      Tyson (2008)  

·      When We Were Kings (1996)  

·      Million Dollar Baby (2004)  

·      Girlfight (2000) 

 ·     Warrior (2011)  

 ·      HBO “Thrilla In Manila” Documentary 

·      The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr (HBO Boxing) (2002)

·      Assault in the Ring (HBO Boxing) (2008)

 ·      Tyron Woodley: Race a factor in status as 'worst-treated' UFC champ, 

 ·     The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani - 365 - Tyron Woodley 

 ·     Muhammad Ali - He Changed Boxing as much as He Changed the World. Documentary, Biography Channel via Youtube 

 ·     Why Do Female Action Heroes Always Do This? Black Widow, Mystique, and the “between-my-legs takedown.”

·      Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (2005) HBO via YouTube. 

Film Discussion Group Activity: The list of six films we may explore include:

1)    The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933);

2)    The Harder They Fall (1954);

3)    Champion (1949);

4)    Someone Up There Likes Me (1956);

5)    Fight Club (1999);

6)    South Paw (2015);