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In Praise of Athletic Beauty

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By the hundreds of millions we show up, stand in line, turn on, and tune in to watch, mesmerized, as athletes perform. And yet this experience, so widely craved and intensely felt, we commonly dismiss as "only a game." A book that looks beyond the us … weiterlesen
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Titel: In Praise of Athletic Beauty
Autor/en: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

ISBN: 067402172X
EAN: 9780674021723
Sprache: Englisch.
HARVARD UNIV PR

April 2006 - gebunden - 263 Seiten

Beschreibung

By the hundreds of millions we show up, stand in line, turn on, and tune in to watch, mesmerized, as athletes perform. And yet this experience, so widely craved and intensely felt, we commonly dismiss as "only a game." A book that looks beyond the usual explanations of why sports fascinates, "In Praise of Athletic Beauty" also strives for a language that can frame--even enhance --the pleasure we take in watching athletic events. The vicarious thrill, anxiety release, competitive spirit: in place of these traditional answers to the mystery of sports' allure, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht proposes a more powerful and provocative alternative. The fascination with watching sports, he argues, is probably the most popular and potent contemporary form of aesthetic experience--in the classic, very literal sense of this concept. In exploring this idea, Gumbrecht develops a lucid reflection on the pleasures of sports spectatorship and the nature of athletic beauty. Where we might readily pronounce certain athletic moves and plays "beautiful," this book gives us the means to explore, understand, and enjoy even more acutely the aesthetic experience that our words-in-passing barely suggest. With a new perspective on the appreciation of--and, indeed, a new tone of praising--sports, Gumbrecht also offers a new way of narrating the history of athletics and a fresh vocabulary for analyzing various sports. Exploring athletic beauty, this book makes us understand the widespread passion sport inspires as an untamed form of aesthetic fascination.

Portrait

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guerard Professor in Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of In 1926 and co-editor of New History of German Literature (both from Harvard).

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Professor of Literature Hans Gumbrecht is a sports fan. Not only a sports fan; Professor Gumbrecht is a fan of sports fans, so much so that he has written "In Praise of Athletic Beauty" to describe, and to make respectable, the hours spent watching baseball, football, tennis, and other sports. Dissatisfied with the academy's somewhat elitist dismissal of sport as just another capitalist banality, Gumbrecht wants to argue that there is more to the roar of the crowd than mere tribalism. To Gumbrecht, the current mass appeal of sports represents more than the manipulation of the masses by advertising corporates. There is something almost transcendental about sport; some aesthetic quality that united us with the Greeks, the Romans, even with the gods themselves as we admire the movement of a body, or revel in the million to one victory...The writing is clear and approachable...There is plenty to hold the attention of the reader. "In Praise of Athletic Beauty" is a paean to what sports fans already love: sports.--Tony O'Brien "Metapsychology Online "
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