Sporting Cultures, 1650–1850
In the eighteenth century sport as we know it emerged as a definable social activity. Hunting and other country sports became the source of significant innovations in visual art; racing and boxing generated important subcultures; and sport’s impact on good health permeated medical, historical, and philosophical writings.
Sporting Cultures, 1650–1850 is a collection of essays that charts important developments in the study of sport in the eighteenth century. Editors Daniel O’Quinn and Alexis Tadié have gathered together an array of European and North American scholars to critically examine the educational, political, and medical contexts that separated sports from other physical activities. The volume reveals how the mediation of sporting activities, through match reports, pictures, and players, transcended the field of aristocratic patronage and gave rise to the social and economic forces we now associate with sports. In Sporting Cultures, 1650–1850 , O’Quinn and Tadié successfully lay the groundwork for future research on the complex intersection of power, pleasure, and representation in sports culture.
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- Page Count: 376 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.1in x 9.3in
"This collection of essays, edited and introduced by O’Quinn and Tadié, highlights continuities between physical activities of the early modern period and contemporary pursuits…While erudite and useful, this collection is best for upper-division or graduate studies."
E. A. Sanabria
Choice Connect October 2018 vol. 56 # 2
"Viewed together, [the essays collected in this book] argue persuasively that by continuing to scrutinize sports in the long eighteenth century, we will enhance our understanding of the period’s most significant social forces and trends."
Alexander H. Pitofsky, Appalachian State University
European Romantic Review, vol 30 no 4
"This Olympian volume charts the rise of modern sports in British and French culture over a very long eighteenth century…Individual essays tackle not only specific sports and athletes but athleticism’s place in philosophy, bodily discipline, and medicine."
Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
"Sporting Cultures absolutely raises the bar for research on sporting culture – I consider it to be a serious advancement in the field of the cultural history of sport. Well aware of the current scholarship in the field of history-of-sport, O’Quinn and Tadié have shaped an approach that makes Sporting Cultures an original, significant, and rigorous contribution. Not merely a collection of short stories or micronarratives, Sporting Cultures consistently builds and accumulates arguments and turns satisfyingly again and again to questions raised by previous sections."
Donna Landry, School of English, University of Kent
"The critical landscape of sport studies has been changing, and this volume is a welcome addition to scholarship that engages with the cultural practices of sport. The writing is sophisticated, and the essays offer compelling and original arguments."
Sharon Harrow, Department of English, Shippensburg University
Author InformationDaniel O’Quinn is a professor in the Department of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
Alexis Tadié is a professor of English at the Université of Paris, Sorbonne.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Alexis Tadié and Daniel O’Quinn
I Classical Lineages
Chapter 1: “What Is Sport? Arts of Rural Sport and the Art of Poetry, 1650-1800”
Frans De Bruyn, Université d’Ottawa
Chapter 2: “Funeral Games: Ludic Events, Imperial Violence, Authorial Encounters”
Daniel O’Quinn, University of Guelph
Chapter 3: “Fencing and the Market in Aristocratic Masculinity”
Ashley Cohen, Georgetown University
II Sporting Animals and their Uses
Chapter 4: “Turf Wars: Violence, Politics and the Newmarket Riot of 1751”
Richard Nash, University of Indiana-Bloomington
Chapter 5: “Animals as Heroes of the Hunt”
Sarah R. Cohen, University at Albany, State University of New York
Chapter 6: “Horse Racing in Early Colonial Algeria: from Anglophilia to Arabomania"
Philip Dine, National University of Ireland, Galway
III The Mediation of Sports
Chapter 7: “Sport and the Body Politics: Athletic Competitions in Rousseau’s Republican Theory”
Ourida Mostefai, Brown University
Chapter 8: “Writing Fighting/Fighting Writing: Jon Badcock and the Conflicted Nature of Sports Journalism in the Regency”
John Whale, University of Leeds
Chapter 9: “At Play in the Mountains: The Development of British Mountaineering in the Romantic Period”
Simon Bainbridge, Lancaster University
IV The Sporting Body
Chapter 10: “Sports, Recreation and Medicine in 16th to 18th Century Italy and France”
Laurent Turcot, Université de Québec à Trois-Rivières
Chapter 11: “Healing Hysteric Bodies: Women and Physical Exercise in the 17th and 18th Cneturies”
Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon, Université Paris 8
Chapter 12: “The Physical Powers of Man:” The Emergence of Physical Training in the Eighteenth Century”
Alexis Tadié, Université Paris-Sorbonne
Chapter 13: “What is training?”
Alexander Regier, Rice University
“Pilgrim, Pundit, Photographer, Spy: the ambiguous origins of mountaineering in India”
Supriya Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University
Subjects and Courses