In Praise of Athletic Beauty by Hans Ulrich GumbrechtIn Praise of Athletic Beauty by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

In Praise of Athletic Beauty

byHans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Hardcover | April 10, 2006

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By the hundreds of millions we show up, stand in line, turn on, and tune in to watch, mesmerized, as athletes perform. And yet this experience, so widely craved and intensely felt, we commonly dismiss as "only a game." A book that looks beyond the usual explanations of why sports fascinates, In Praise of Athletic Beauty also strives for a language that can frame--even enhance --the pleasure we take in watching athletic events.

The vicarious thrill, anxiety release, competitive spirit: in place of these traditional answers to the mystery of sports' allure, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht proposes a more powerful and provocative alternative. The fascination with watching sports, he argues, is probably the most popular and potent contemporary form of aesthetic experience--in the classic, very literal sense of this concept. In exploring this idea, Gumbrecht develops a lucid reflection on the pleasures of sports spectatorship and the nature of athletic beauty. Where we might readily pronounce certain athletic moves and plays "beautiful," this book gives us the means to explore, understand, and enjoy even more acutely the aesthetic experience that our words-in-passing barely suggest.

With a new perspective on the appreciation of--and, indeed, a new tone of praising--sports, Gumbrecht also offers a new way of narrating the history of athletics and a fresh vocabulary for analyzing various sports. Exploring athletic beauty, this book makes us understand the widespread passion sport inspires as an untamed form of aesthetic fascination.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is Albert Guérard Professor of Literature at Stanford University.
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Title:In Praise of Athletic BeautyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:April 10, 2006Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:067402172X

ISBN - 13:9780674021723

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Table of Contents

Everyfan

1. Definitions

Praise

Beauty

Athletics

2. Discontinuities

Demigods

Gladiators

Knights

Ruffians

Sports

Customers

3. Fascinations

Bodies

Suffering

Grace

Tools

Forms

Plays

Timing

4. Gratitude

Watching

Waste

Editorial Reviews

Marvelous...Gumbrecht pays moving tribute to the aesthetic excellence of great athletes and describes the deep human satisfactions that great athletic performances give to those who watch them, whether as partisans or as connoisseurs.