ISBN-10:
0786415797
ISBN-13:
9780786415793
Pub. Date:
10/15/2003
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
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

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Overview

In this study, anthropologist Womack (UCLA) examines the representation of athletes in art, literature, and music. Illustrated throughout with b&w artistic reproductions, the text considers imagery relating to the hunt, team sports, war games, racing, and contests of grace and beauty (such as gymnastics and figure skating). In the final chapter, the athlete's relationship to society is discussed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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)

About the Author

A professional writer and anthropologist, the late Mari Womack lived in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1



Part One: SPORT AS SYMBOL

1. Heroic Dramas and Athletic Actors 6



Part Two: THE ADVERSARY IN NATURE

2. The Hunt: Power of Life and Death 30

3. The Hunt Domesticated: Ritual Origins of the Bullfight 57



Part Three: THE HUMAN ADVERSARY

4. Combat Sports: The Socialization of Conflict 90

5. War Games 122



Part Four: THE ADVERSARY WITHIN

6. Transcending Time and Space 158

7. Metaphors of Love, Death, and Rebirth 184



Part Five: SYMBOLIC ACTORS AND SOCIAL DRAMAS

8. High Priests and Super Stars 218



Notes 231

Bibliography 235

Index 239

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