Sporting Cultures, 16501850:

Sporting Cultures, 1650–1850:

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Edited by Daniel O’Quinn and Alexis Tadié
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
World Rights
336 Pages
ISBN 9781487500320
Available Dec 2017
Online discount: 25%
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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.

Daniel 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.

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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