The Sports Immortals: Deifying the American Athlete by Peter Williams
The Sports Immortals: Deifying the American Athlete
Author: Peter Williams
Title: The Sports Immortals: Deifying the American Athlete
ISBN10: 0879726709
ISBN13: 978-0879726706
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
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Publisher: Bowling Green State University Popular Press (December 31, 1994)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1856 kb
Size epub: 1539 kb
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The Sports Immortals is the first study to systematically apply the classic theories of psychology and anthropology to sport to present a model of the ways in which we create mythical figures out of actual individuals. Peter Williams begins with the theories of thinkers like Jung, Frazer, and Otto Rank and then shows their application, first to sport itself, then, more specifically, to American sport, and particularly to baseball. The result is a clear illustration of the way in which we insist on making archetypes out of our heroes, and how this process is the same today as it was in ancient Athens and before.