Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (4)

Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (4)
14 December 2020, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Organiser: Professor Martin Hurcombe (University of Bristol)

Originally planned as a two-day conference, ‘Telling the Story of Sport’ is a series of online workshops that explores the multiple ways in which various sports have been culturally constructed and experienced. It aims to examine the media through which sport is represented: from the national press, often credited for allowing the development of mass spectatorship sport in nineteenth-century Europe, to the new broadcast and social media, which offer new forms of personal investment in the story of sport, via the advent of radio and television. But it also studies the creative practices that have sought to capture the experience of sport. Sport has been celebrated and served as the narrative focus in film, literature, song, and theatre, among other genres. Sports themselves and the men and women who play them have inspired eulogies, offered cautionary tales, or served to draw the reader’s attention to a range of social ills from racism to doping. ‘Telling the Story of Sport’ offers a forum in which individual scholars will contextualise their research and offer a fuller understanding of the phenomenon of sporting narrative practices across a range of national cultures and media.

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Workshop 4: Gender, bodies and sports writing

‘Rolling with the boys: establishing male networks of sociability in 19th-century French cycling literature’, Martin Hurcombe (University of Bristol)

Mutilés de guerre et champions du ring: Boxing, disability and the representation of masculinity in French modernism’, Austin Hancock (Princeton University)

‘ “Serving like a girl”: tennis and gender in the writings of Suzanne Lenglen’, Roxanna Curto (University of Iowa)

Supported by the IMLR's Regional Conference grant scheme

This fourth workshop 'Gender, bodies and sports writing', takes place on Monday 14 December at 18:00 GMT. Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory. Please use your professional/institutional email address when registering. A link to the workshop will be emailed to you by the end of the preceding week. 


Professor Martin Hurcombe
020 7862 8738