Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance

University of Delaware Press, 2003 - 239 Seiten
This is the first book-length study of the crucial relationship between sport and the political and imaginative literature of Renaissance England. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, educators, medical practitioners, and military scientists were among the many contemporaries who praised sport as necessary and functional - physiologically beneficial to the individual practitioner, vital to the preparedness of the military, and necessary to the maintenance of traditional class hierarchy. Sport's significance in the period is perhaps best registered by its literal and metaphorical centrality in such popular works of literature as Shakespeare's histories, Walton's Compleat Angler, and Milton's Samson Agonistes, as well as its prominence in ecclesiastical and secular legislation and polemics. By reconstructing a cultural history of sport and investigating representations of it in contemporary prose, poetry, and drama, the book demonstrates sport's pivotal position in the interlocking spheres of Renaissance science, politics, and art. Gregory M. Colon Semenza is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

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The Legacy of the AntiSport Polemic
Sport and the Idle Nobility in Shakespeares Henry VI
Performative Interpretations The Literary Context of the Book of Sports Controversy
The Burden of the Present Athletic and Poetic Competition in the Annalia Dubrensia
The Danger of Innocent harmless mirth Waltons Compleat Angler in the Interregnum
When to thir sports they returnd Samson Agonistes and the Politics of Restoration Sport
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Seite 22 - As opposed to the official feast, one might say that carnival celebrated temporary liberation from the prevailing truth and from the established order; it marked the suspension of all hierarchical rank, privileges, norms, and prohibitions.
Seite 17 - ... possible, then put a Grasshopper on your hook, and let your hook hang a quarter of a yard short of the water, to which end you must rest your rod on some bough of...

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