Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (7)

Telling the Story of Sport: Narrating Sport in a Global Context (7)
8 March 2021, 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 7: Routine unpredictability: narrating everyday football stories in three British novels

‘ “Mr Bryan Johnson is reporting your game for us today”: the unfortunate novelist, the match reporter and the search for truth’, Dilwyn Porter (De Montfort University)

‘ “A hard and relentless task which goes on and on like a river”: the art of repetition in David Peace’s Red or Dead’ (Alan McDougall, University of Guelph)

‘Homosexuality and English football academies: An analysis of A Natural (by Ross Raisin)’, Rory Magrath (Solent University, Southampton)

Supported by the IMLR's Regional Conference grant scheme

This final workshop in the series will start at 18:00 GMT. Attendance is free, but you will need to register in advance. Please use your professional/institutional email address when registering. Please note that a link to this online event will be emailed to you with a reminder on 6 March. Please remember to check your inbox


Professor Martin Hurcombe
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