"The game's afoot": A Sports Lover's Introduction to Shakespeare

by Cynthia Lewis

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ISBN-13: 9781476670065
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 223
Sales rank: 734,543
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Lewis is Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Davidson College in North Carolina. She regularly publishes literary criticism on Shakespeare and his contemporaries and is a recognized literary journalist.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 3

1. “Ancient grudges”: Rivalry in Romeo and Juliet and the Lakers versus the Celtics 13

    Inside Shakespeare: Pronouns in Romeo and Juliet 32

2. “Glory like a shooting star”: Richard II, Over-Confidence and “The Miracle on Ice” 34

    Inside Shakespeare: Subtext in Richard II 52

3. “The uses of adversity”: The 1988 World Series, Kirk Gibson and As You Like It 55

    An Interview with Coach Bob McKillop 74

4. “Even play of battle”: Henry V, Agincourt and Super Bowl III 84

    An Interview with Kevin and Della ­O’Neill, Leicester City Soccer Fans 103

5. “I am the man!” Twelfth Night and Women of Prowess 113

    Interview with Shakespearean Actor Graham Smith 131

6. “Vaulting ambition”: Team versus Self and Macbeth 142

    Inside Shakespeare: Macbeth and the Question of Emphasis 164

7. “Sea change”: The Tempest, Andre Agassi and Second

  Chances 166

    Inside Shakespeare: ­Over-Simplification in and of The Tempest 184

Appendix: Professional Actors Comment on Parallels Between Spectator Sports and Shakespearean Performance 187

Chapter Notes 189

Bibliography 197

Index 203

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LCS451 7 months ago
"The Game's Afoot" is a must-read for anyone interested in the stories and culture of sports or Shakespeare. Lewis adroitly shows how Shakespearean drama and the world of sports inform our understanding of the other--we know more about the Lakers and Celtics after examining the Montague-Capulet rivalry (and how Phil Jackson is a Friar figure). In my favorite chapter, Lewis shows how Macbeth's fall informs our understanding of Marion Jones and Joe Paterno, among other figures. Lewis includes fabulous discussion questions and interviews with Shakespearean actors--great food for thought for students, book clubs, screenwriters, sports journalists, and, of course, the individual reader. Like all great books, this one has stuck with me--I can't read about Aaron Hernandez, Colin Kaepernick, Serena Williams, doping scandals--without considering the many parallels between the worlds of sports and Shakespeare.