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 ebook commences with a overview of exiting professional- 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 okay. Jerome, John Betjeman and Alan Sillitoe. In its end, the e-book attracts jointly the vast topics mentioned within the previous chapters. leading edge in its approach to game and literature and remarkable for its now not having been formerly explored in any intensity, this ebook can be of curiosity to readers from either social sciences and arts backgrounds.
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128 Three days later he received 100 copies of the poem from a local printer, half of which he distributed to various college common rooms. In ‘The Deserted Parks’, the quintessential English game of cricket, frequently presented as part of the pastoral idyll, was re-presented as a tyrannical symbol of modernity. ] Amidst thy bowers the tyrant’s hand is seen, And rude pavilions sadden all thy green; One selfish pastime grasps the whole domain, And half a faction swallows up the plain; Adorn thy glades, all sacrificed to cricket, The hollow-sounding bat now guards the wicket; Sunk are thy mounds in shapeless level all, Lest aught impede the swiftly rolling ball; And trembling, shrinking from the fatal blow, Far, far away thy hapless children go.
They would certainly not have been deemed suitable for review or critique in heavyweight works such as Leftist Theories of Sport109 – and not only because they are ‘non-academic’. My selected writers are visitors to sport but at the same time they are critical voices, often looking in from beyond the boundary of sport’s field. Indeed, it may be that their outsider-ness makes them much more potent critics than those who accept the role of fan, ‘sports writer’ or sports researcher. Additionally, they tend to come from beyond the bounds of academia in the sense that the authors did not study sport for a living.
Jerome is seen as a lightweight, non-intellectual humorist. John Betjeman was a Poet Laureate with extensive interests in topography, architecture and town planning. Alan Sillitoe 16 Sport and literature may be identified with running but his broader body of writing goes far beyond that, and of sport itself. He is widely recognised as a gritty, fifties realist and one of the ‘angry young men’. Many regard Philip Roth as a radical, erotic, Jewish writer, bent on exposing or ‘demythologising’ American life.