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The Resource Reading football : how the popular press created an American spectacle, Michael Oriard

Reading football : how the popular press created an American spectacle, Michael Oriard

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Reading football : how the popular press created an American spectacle
Title
Reading football
Title remainder
how the popular press created an American spectacle
Statement of responsibility
Michael Oriard
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Is football an athletic contest or a social event? Is it a game of skill, a test of manhood, or merely an organized brawl? Michael Oriard asks these and other intriguing questions in Reading Football, the first contemporary book-length study of football's formative years. American football began in 1870s as a game to be played, not watched. Within a brief ten years, it had become a great public spectacle with an immense following. Not coincidentally, Oriard argues, football's formative years were also the golden age of print, an era when newspapers and periodicals reached a larger and more varied audience than ever before. These publications carried vast amounts of commentary about football conducted by journalists, coaches, ministers, college presidents and faculty, and various others. The daily newspaper in particular, Oriard argues, virtually created football as a popular spectacle
  • Oriard shows how this constant narrative developed many different stories about what the game meant: football as pastime, as the sport of gentlemen, as a science, as a game of rules and their infringements, as Darwinian struggle. He shows how football, in its early years, became a series of cultural stories about power, luck, strategy, and deception. These narratives, or interpretations, Oriard contends, often contradicted one another: they were read differently by different groups and individuals, and the various interpretations of the game changed through time
  • One question played out in the early years of football was this: Is football a game of brutality or a game that calls on the "manly" virtues of self-discipline, patience, bravery, and teamwork? Walter Camp, the Yale coach who is known as the father of American football, wanted it to be seen as a game of discipline, obedience, pluck, and tactical genius - a mirror of corporate America. But the public cared more for "individual brilliancy," and football was increasingly described in print as brutal and barbarous as the game became more professional than collegiate. These different narratives of football, developed during the sport's formative years, have been magnified by football's current omnipresence on network television. According to Oriard, televised football now plays a cultural role of enormous importance for men, yet within the field of cultural studies the influence of football has been ignored until now
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Action
digitized
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1948-
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Oriard, Michael
Dewey number
796.323/0973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cultural studies of the United States
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  • Football
  • Sports journalism
  • Popular culture
  • Masculinity
Label
Reading football : how the popular press created an American spectacle, Michael Oriard
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-312) and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocm45731550
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxv, 319 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807866962
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45731550
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Reading football : how the popular press created an American spectacle, Michael Oriard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-312) and index
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocm45731550
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxv, 319 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807866962
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45731550
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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