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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 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.

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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 the pleasure we take in watching athletic events. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht argues that the fascination with watching sports is probably the most popular and potent contemporary form of aesthetic experience. Exploring athletic beauty, this book makes us understand the widespread passion sport inspires as an untamed form of aesthetic fascination.

About the Author

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is Albert Guérard Professor of Literature at Stanford University.

Stanford University

Table of Contents

Everyfan

1. Definitions

Praise

Beauty

Athletics

2. Discontinuities

Demigods

Gladiators

Knights

Ruffians

Sports

Customers

3. Fascinations

Bodies

Suffering

Grace

Tools

Forms

Plays

Timing

4. Gratitude

Watching

Waste

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674021723
Author:
Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Sociology of Sports
Subject:
Sports -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports Writing
Subject:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Essays
Subject:
Sports & Recreation-Sociology of Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7 x 4 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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 the pleasure we take in watching athletic events. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht argues that the fascination with watching sports is probably the most popular and potent contemporary form of aesthetic experience. Exploring athletic beauty, this book makes us understand the widespread passion sport inspires as an untamed form of aesthetic fascination.
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