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What is sport?

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A little-known gem, the text of Barthes’s What is Sport? was never reprinted in the Seuil editions of his Complete Works—neither the three-volume version nor the later five-volume edition. It is published here in a graceful and faithful English translation by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Howard. Originally commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as the text ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 16th 2007 by Yale University Press (first published 1960)
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Jul 23, 2011 Malcolm rated it really liked it
This is a strange and quite marvellous little book. In Mythologies, Barthes has two widely read and cited assays about sport – the Tour de France and Wrestling. This short book continues the theme in the form of a film script from the early 1960s for a Canadian documentary. It is richly written (as expected from Barthes) and is poetic – it merits several revists in its evocations of motor racing, bull fighting, football (soccer), ice hockey, and cycling. Beautiful, and a reminder in a world wher ...more
Cortito al pie. Es casi coleccionable lo que dice Rolando de cada deporte, es esa mirada sociológica con frases tan ricas que dan para analizarlas y analizarlas en loop infinito. Enriquecida con algunas imágenes que ilustran el objetivo de documental que filmó el colega que lo invitó a escribir estos comentarios, lo textos de Barthes se entrelazan perfectos en un guión que incluso podría ser retomado ahora. Es el hombre contra la naturaleza y el hombre contra el tiempo: las luchas eternas que se ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Salvatore rated it liked it
It would be better to hear these words with the images they're attached to, I'd imagine. How we subscribe myth to athletics (and how this is different than the myth around theatre). Stopping in car racing is DEATH!
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Really interesting book, basically Barthes doing his signature analysis, only on various sports.
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Interesting essay/spoken piece with a similarly interesting history. A decent primer on earlier philosophies of sport. Plus, Barthes.
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Roland Gérard Barthes was a French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician. Barthes' ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development of schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, social theory, design theory, anthropology and post-structuralism.
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