European Heroes: Myth, Identity, Sport

European Heroes: Myth, Identity, Sport

by Pierre Lanfranchi, Richard Holt, J A Mangan

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Historians of popular culture have recently been addressing the role of myth, and now it is time that social historians of sport also examined it. The contributors to this collection of essays explore the symbolic meanings that have been attached to sport in Europe by considering some of the mythic heroes who have dominated the sporting landscapes of their own countries. The ambition is to understand what these icons stood for in the eyes of those who watched or read about these vessels into which poured all manner of gender, class and patriotic expectations.

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ISBN-13: 9781135239053
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/13/2013
Series: Sport in the Global Society
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 2 MB

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The Sports Historian

"The book contains some beautifully written vignettes on sporting heroes ... It is a fascinating read with many surprising twists as the historians demystify the myths and provide a modern objective analysis.

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