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The erotic in sports

Author: Allen Guttmann
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The Erotic in Sports, Allen Guttmann illuminates a topic commonly hidden in the shadows, drawing upon literature, art, modern mass media, and traditional historical sources to describe and comment upon its importance across nearly three millennia of Western history. Investigating aesthetic ideals that romanticize the lithe, agile fencer at one historical moment and the massively muscled football player at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Erotica
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen Guttmann
ISBN: 0231105568 9780231105569
OCLC Number: 34544908
Description: 256 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Candor, euphemism, and denial --
I: Historical vicissitudes --
Antiquity --
From the middle ages to the renaissance --
Modern times --
II: The guises of eros --
Erotic athleticism and popular culture --
Eros imagined --
Eros and psyche --
Concluding arguments --
How does the erotic differ from the pornographic?
Responsibility: Allen Guttmann.
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