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Sport and Monstrosity in Science Fiction$
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Derek J. Thiess

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786942227

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786942227.001.0001

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Graying the Playing Field

Graying the Playing Field

SF Sport and Age

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(p.85) Chapter 3 Graying the Playing Field
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Sport and Monstrosity in Science Fiction
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Derek J. Thiess

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786942227.003.0005

Using both SF literature and film, this chapter indicates age as the clearest challenge to the social construction of the embodied athlete. Within age studies, such constructions often display an escapist quality—the desire to avoid aging and death, to posit aging as a narrative that may be re-written—also sometimes reflected in the fantastic. In much science fiction, however, one also sees a mindful acceptance of the embodied limitations that age places upon us, even in the figures of athletes so often held up as the epitome of youth and health. These limitations are explored in a wide variety of sf literature.

Keywords:   Science fiction, age, aging, death, sport, embodiment, concussions, CTE

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