Writing the Prizefight

Writing the Prizefight : Pierce Egan's "Boxiana" World

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This book won the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History (2013)

This book focuses on the literary contribution made by the pugilistic writing of Pierce Egan (c. 1772-1849), identifying the elements that rendered Egan's style distinctive and examining the ways his writing invigorated the sporting narrative. In particular, the author analyses Egan's blend of inventive imagery and linguistic exuberance within the commentaries of the Boxiana series (1812-29). The book explores the metropolitan and sporting jargon used by the diverse range of characters that inhabited Egan's 'Pugilistic Hemisphere' and looks at Egan's exploitation of prizefighting's theatricality. Another significant theme is the role of pugilistic reporting in perpetuating stereotypical notions relating to British national identity, military readiness and morality. Consideration of Egan's metropolitan rambles is complemented by discussion of the heterogeneity, spectacle and social dynamics of the prize ring and its reportage. The book traces Egan's impact during the nineteenth century and, importantly, evaluates his influence on the subsequent development of sporting journalism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 259 pages
  • 150 x 225 x 15.24mm | 400g
  • Pieterlen, Switzerland
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 2 ill. (b/w)
  • 3034309902
  • 9783034309905

Table of contents

Contents: The Rise in Popularity of Pugilism and its Reporting - Flash!: The Language of the Metropolis and the Prize Ring - Sporting Theatre: Spectacle and Social Dynamics - The Nation - Military and Moral - Enlivening Reality: The Egan Touch - Post-Fight Observations.
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"Snowdon's Writing the Prizefight is sports history of a high order."
(Scott A.G.M. Crawford, Journal of Sports History 2014)
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"Snowdon's Writing the Prizefight is sports history of a high order."

(Scott A.G.M. Crawford, Journal of Sports History 2014)
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About David Snowdon

David Snowdon completed his PhD at Newcastle University in 2008. He was employed as academic tutor at Sunderland University, where he lectured on Victorian literature. He continues, in an independent capacity, to undertake further scholarly research and to maintain Eganesque multimedia resources including a website, www.pierce-egan.co.uk.
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This is an enthralling account of prizefighting history and the principal writer who faithfully reported all the latest 'doings' in those intriguing fighting circles. Detailed in its research content, the slang and fight jargon element features prominently, and this offers a fascinating bonus.show more
by David Charlton
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