Collection of Essays for Sports in the Humanities

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Gregory J. Thompson
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Sports in the Humanities

From Jacob wrestling in the Bible to Shakespearean references of bear baiting to Hemingway's Old Man to George Carlin's Football vs. Baseball routine, sport has embodied metaphors that help to explain the human experience and the human condition.

This collection of essays intends to explore the representation of sports in literature, painting, architecture, sculpture, philosophy and religion. From the examination of those representations we will see how sports have long been a common means of understanding how humans have understood themselves and the world around them.

Questions to Consider:

• How have sports been represented in the arts?

• How do sports help us understand our relationship with each other, the world around us and ourselves?

• What do sports tell us about a particular culture, society or a point in history?

Deadline for submissions November 1, 2011.  Please send paper or one page abstract along with a brief bio to:

Gregory J. Thompson, Ph.D.
Rogers State University
Claremore OK 74017