Sport as Symbol: Images of the Athlete in Art, Literature and Song / Edition 2

Sport as Symbol: Images of the Athlete in Art, Literature and Song / Edition 2

by Mari Womack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786415797

ISBN-13: 9780786415793

Pub. Date: 10/15/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Upon first consideration, sport and art seem to occupy separate, even opposing, realms—sport, associated with physical prowess, and art, with the highest reaches of the human mind. But because sport is such a powerful metaphor for so many human experiences, it has found its way into artistic traditions all over the world.

Part One of this book provides a

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Overview

Upon first consideration, sport and art seem to occupy separate, even opposing, realms—sport, associated with physical prowess, and art, with the highest reaches of the human mind. But because sport is such a powerful metaphor for so many human experiences, it has found its way into artistic traditions all over the world.

Part One of this book provides a basic understanding of sport as symbol. Part Two gives attention to animals as adversaries and traces the origins of sporting art back to the hunt. Part Three considers humans competing against humans in combat sports, ball games, stick-and-ball games, and racquet sports, as well as in warfare. Part Four concentrates on contesting with oneself in races and sports of grace and beauty such as gymnastics, figure skating and ice dancing. The book concludes with a discussion of the athlete's relationships to society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786415793
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
Pt. 1Sport as Symbol
1Heroic Dramas and Athletic Actors6
Pt. 2The Adversary in Nature
2The Hunt: Power of Life and Death30
3The Hunt Domesticated: Ritual Origins of the Bullfight57
Pt. 3The Human Adversary
4Combat Sports: The Socialization of Conflict90
5War Games122
Pt. 4The Adversary Within
6Transcending Time and Space158
7Metaphors of Love, Death, and Rebirth184
Pt. 5Symbolic Actors and Social Dramas
8High Priests and Super Stars218
Notes231
Bibliography235
Index239

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