The essays that comprise this book mark new territory in the study of sport in the Hispanic world, a key site of cultural experience for the populations of Latin America, the United States and the Iberian Peninsula. The scope of the volume is the exploration of the representation and interaction of sport / text / body in a variety of cultural forms in Latin America, Spain and the chicano population of the USA. As such, it opens a path for further study of an area that is experiencing significant growth in the international academic community. The book consists of 11 chapters by different authors, and an introduction, totalling c.85,000 words. The essays deal with the key sporting practices of the Hispanic world, including boxing, baseball, athletics, Olympic movements and football, approaching them as physical manifestations in their own right and as cultural representations (via media images, poetry, narrative fiction, murals) through the research methodologies of the humanities and social sciences.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport
Table of Contents
1. Introduction David Wood and Louise Johnson 2. Patriotic Pastimes: The Role of Sport in Post-Revolutionary Mexico Keith Brewster 3. Latin America and the Olympic Ideal of Progress: An Athlete’s Perspective Frances Houghton 4. Constructing Athletic Agents in the Chicano/a Culture of Los Angeles Hilary A. Braysmith 5. Golden But Not Brown: Oscar De La Hoya and the Complications of Culture, Manhood and Boxing Fernando Delgado 6. Football: Forging Nationhood and Masculinities in Costa Rica Carlos Sandoval-Garcıa 7. The Place of Women in Argentinian Football Marıa Graciela Rodrıguez 8. The Manifesto of a Baseball-Playing Country: Cuba, Baseball, and Poetry in the Late Nineteenth Century Thomas F. Carter 9. Reading the Game: The Role of Football in Peruvian Literature David Wood 10. Sport: A Literary Referent in Catalonia 1920–36 Anna Poch Gasau 11. Spanish Identities in the European Press: The Case of Football Writing David Hand and Liz Crolley
David Wood is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the Department of Hispanic Studies, the University of Sheffield. Research interests centre on culture and society in Latin America, especially Peru and Cuba. Publications include a monographic study of the Peruvian author Alfredo Bryce Echenique (1939- ) and book chapters and articles on literature, football, artesanía and cinema in Peru. A book on Popular Culture in Peru (including a major chapter on football), arising from an AHRB research leave award, to be published in 2004. Current research focuses on textual representations of football in Latin America.
Dr. P. Louise Johnson is Director of Catalan Studies and Lecturer in Catalan and Spanish at the Department of Hispanic Studies, the University of Sheffield. Current research centres on the relationship between sport and literary / philosophical texts in pre-Civil War Spain. Publications include a monograph on the Mallorcan novelist Llorenç Villalonga, including a significant chapter on physical culture, and articles on modern Catalan literature and culture. Currently on AHRB research leave to complete a project on intellectuals and physical culture in early twentieth-century Catalonia.