Sporting with the Gods: The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature Michael Oriard

ISBN: 9780521101561

Published: December 4th 2008

Paperback

600 pages


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Sporting with the Gods: The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature  by  Michael Oriard

Sporting with the Gods: The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature by Michael Oriard
December 4th 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 600 pages | ISBN: 9780521101561 | 7.31 Mb

Sporting with the Gods examines the metaphors of play, game, and sport as they are reflected in American literature and culture. The race for salvation and success, the great games of business and politics, the distinctive American versionMoreSporting with the Gods examines the metaphors of play, game, and sport as they are reflected in American literature and culture. The race for salvation and success, the great games of business and politics, the distinctive American version of fair play, the desperate game against an all-powerful opponent and the cruelties of chance and fate by which man becomes the sport of the gods--all of these metaphors touch fundamental American beliefs about fate and freedom, competition and chance, finitude and possibility.

The book traces the cultural history of these metaphors primarily through American literary texts (from Cooper and Hawthorne to Updike and Mailer) but also through a wide range of nonliterary writings (sermons, dime novels, success writing, countercultural manifestos, political rhetoric, etc.) The result is a unique cultural history of America, from its inception to the present.



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