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Football and Literature in South America

1st Edition

By David Wood


226 pages

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South America is a region that enjoys an unusually high profile as the origin of some of the world’s greatest writers and most celebrated footballers. This is the first book to undertake a systematic study of the relationship between football and literature across South America. Beginning with the first football poem published in 1899, it surveys a range of texts that address key issues in the region’s social and political history.

Drawing on a substantial corpus of short stories, novels and poems, each chapter considers the shifting relationship between football and literature in South America across more than a century of writing. The way in which authors combine football and literature to challenge the dominant narratives of their time suggests that this sport can be seen as a recurring theme through which matters of identity, nationhood, race, gender, violence, politics and aesthetics are played out.

This book is fascinating reading for any student, scholar or serious fan of football, as well as for all those interested in the relationship between sports history, literature and society.

Table of Contents

1. Football and Literature in South America: Issues and Origins

2. Taking the Field (First Half): Early Writings in Spanish

3. Taking the Field (Second Half): Early Writings in Brazil

4. Writing the National Game: Beauty in Brazil

5. Playing Dirty (First Half): Football, Politics and Writing in Chile

6.Playing Dirty (Second Half): Writing, Football and Dictatorship in the River Plate

7. Argentina Beyond El Proceso: Narratives of National Reconstruction

8. Narratives of Nation-building in Ecuador and Peru

9. Offside? Women Writers Creating Space

10. Conclusions: One Hundred Years of Golitude

About the Author

David Wood is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK, where his teaching and research centre on various aspects of literary and non-literary culture across Latin America. He has published widely in Europe and Latin America, and has previously written on the cultural history of football in Peru and on sport in Mexican and Cuban cinema

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sports History

The Routledge Research in Sports History series presents leading research in the development and historical significance of modern sport through a collection of historiographical, regional and thematic studies which span a variety of periods, sports and geographical areas. Showcasing ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary work from established and emerging sport historians, the series provides a crucial contribution to the wider study of sport and society. 

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