My Library

University LibraryCatalogue

For faster,
Use Lean
Get it now
Don't show me again
Limit search to items available for borrowing or consultation
Result Page: Previous Next
Can't find that book? Try BONUS+
Look for full text

Search Discovery

Search CARM Centre Catalogue

Search Trove

Add record to RefWorks

Cover Art
Author Cropper, Corry, author.

Title Playing at monarchy : sport as metaphor in nineteenth-century France / Corry Cropper.

Published Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xxiii, 247 pages) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-233) and index.
Contents Paume anyone? Representing real tennis after the tennis court oath -- The Spanish bullfight in France : Goya, Gautier, and Mérimée -- Trictrac and chess as models of historical discourse : chance in the works of Balzac and Mérimée -- Of rabbits and kings : hunting and upward mobility -- Fencing and aristocratic resistance during the third republic -- Olympic restoration : Coubertin and the European monarchy -- Conclusion : imitation and resistance.
Summary Playing at Monarchy looks at the ways sports and games (tennis, fencing, bullfighting, chess, trictrac, hunting, and the Olympics) are metaphorically used to defend and subvert, to praise and mock both class and political power structures in nineteenth-century France. Corry Cropper examines what shaped these games of the nineteenth-century and how they appeared as allegory in French literature (in the fiction of Balzac, Mérimée, and Flaubert), and in newspapers, historical studies, and even game manuals. Throughout, he shows how the representation of play in all types of literature mirrors the most important social and political rifts in postrevolutionary France, while also serving as propaganda for competing political agendas. Though its focus is on France, Playing at Monarchy hints at the way these nineteenth-century developments inform perceptions of sport even today.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Sports -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Sports -- Political aspects -- France.
Sports -- Social aspects -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Sports and state -- France.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780803218994 (electronic bk.)
0803218990 (electronic bk.)
9780803217737 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0803217730 (cloth ; alk. paper)