Field of American dreams: individualist ideology in the U.S. baseball movie


Tom Robson

Tom Robson is a doctoral candidate in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington, with a minor in Film Studies. He holds an M.A. from Indiana University and a B.A. from Grinnell College. He is currently at work on his dissertation covering the career of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century African American actress, elocutionist, and activist Henrietta Vinton Davis. He has been published in Ecumenica: A Journal of Theatre and Performance and has presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Comparative Drama Conference.

He has taught numerous courses in his time at Indiana, including Introduction to Theatre, Script Analysis for Theatre, Theatre History I (Ancients-1700), Theatre History II (1700-present), and the Development of Dramatic Art III (1945-present). This fall he will be combining his interests in theatre and film to teach a self-designed special topics course called Singing and Dancing America: American Society, Culture, and Politics through Stage and Screen Musicals. In addition to his scholarly work he has also maintained an active career as a stage director, especially of new plays.

He attended his first baseball game in 1989, sitting with his older brother in the cheapest seats inside Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Since that day he has been a die-hard baseball fan and a dedicated follower of his hometown Phillies through thick and many, many years of thin.
Special thanks and deepest appreciation to Dr. Joan Hawkins, Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, for her guidance and support with this article.

You may contact the author at thomas.m.robson@gmail.com.