By John Bale
This ebook attracts on literature, in particular at the writings of chosen novelists and poets to widen an present anti-sport discourse to incorporate hitherto excluded voices from the area of literature. The publication commences with a overview of exiting seasoned- and anti-sport discourses after which proceeds to check, in flip, the written works of 5 eminent authors, excavating from their writings their anti-sports rhetorics. those writers are Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), Charles Hamilton Sorley, Jerome ok. Jerome, John Betjeman and Alan Sillitoe. In its end, the ebook attracts jointly the wide issues mentioned within the previous chapters. cutting edge in its approach to activity and literature and remarkable for its now not having been formerly explored in any intensity, this e-book may be of curiosity to readers from either social sciences and arts backgrounds.
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Extra info for Anti-Sport Sentiments in Literature: Batting for the Opposition
16 This usually referred to rowing but rugby and athletics were also included and the practice of afternoon sports continued well into the century that followed. M. 18 The principal ‘muscular Christians’ at Oxford were Benjamin Jowett, the eminent university reformer and Master of Balliol, and Henry George Liddell,19 the Dean of Christ Church who Dodgson frequently encountered, not only as his college Dean but also as the father of Alice Liddell who was Dodgson’s favourite girl friend. However, despite these contacts it would have been almost impossible for him to avoid the established Oxford sporting activities such as inter-college rowing competitions, tennis, cricket, croquet and other ball games.
And what was their purpose? The quantification and care that Dodgson applied to recording his pedestrianism, illustrated above, suggests that his walking almost possessed the qualities of serious sport. 56 The mention of ‘improvements’ suggest ‘progression’ – walking further, or even Coubertin’s citius. 57 22 Charles Dodgson/Lewis Carroll Dodgson did not seem to internalise the notion of a ‘personal best’ but there is a suggestion in the above statement that he compared himself with others. Here there is a hint of hubris, not far off from asserting that he was some sort of unofficial Oxford champion.
In sport’s ideal type, the aesthetic of geography gives way to the anaesthetic of geometry – a ‘curious’ world indeed. The second image is alien to serious sport. 124 It is the spatial antithesis of the grid of squares. 2). 125 A Dodgsonian view of sports is very well summarised, I think, by Sharon Magnarelli: Unquestionably, the attraction of the game and sport, like those of religion and other social structures, are to impose order, the patent lack of chaos, the repetitive circularity (ritual), the arbitrary power.
Anti-Sport Sentiments in Literature: Batting for the Opposition by John Bale