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Author: Roland Barthes
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2007.
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"The text of Barthes's What Is Sport? was never reprinted in the Seuil editions of his Complete Works - neither the three-volume version nor the later five-volume edition. It is published here in a graceful and faithful English translation by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Howard. Originally commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as the text for a documentary film directed by Hubert Aquin, What Is  Read more...
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Barthes, Roland.
What is sport?
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)607185228
Online version:
Barthes, Roland.
What is sport?
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)626872860
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roland Barthes
ISBN: 9780300116045 0300116047
OCLC Number: 137305745
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Translated from the French.
Description: xi, 84 pages : illustrations ; 16 x 18 cm
Contents: Preface --
What Is Sport? --
Correspondence 000 Translator¿s Afterword: A Backward Echo Richard Howard --
Photo Credits.
Other Titles: Sport et les hommes.
Responsibility: Roland Barthes ; translated by Richard Howard.
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Blurring the distinction between high and low, this work asks "What is sport?" In investigating the phenomenon, it considers five different national sports: bullfighting (Spain), car racing  Read more...

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