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Pour le Sport: Physical Culture in French and Francophone Literature

Roxanna Curto and Rebecca Wines


This edited volume gathers together studies examining various aspects of physical culture in literature written in French from Europe and around the Francophone world. We define “physical culture” as the systematic care for and development of the physique, and interpret it to include not only sport in the modern sense, but also all the athletic activities that preceded it or relate to it, such as bodily forms of exercise, leisure, and artistic creation. Our essays pursue diverse interpretive approaches and focus on texts from a wide variety of periods (medieval to the present) and genres (shor ... More

Keywords: Tour de France, Roland Barthes, Zinédine Zidane, Jean Echenoz, Vichy France, Wrestling, Soccer, Running, Olympic Games, World Cup

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Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9781800856899
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800856899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roxanna Curto, editor
University of Iowa

Rebecca Wines, editor
Cornell College

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Roxanna Curto and Rebecca Wines

Part I Physical Activities and Games Prior to the Twentieth Century

Part II The Tour de France

Part III The Stylistics of Running and Writing

Part IV Football Cultures

Part V Civilization, Marginalization, and National Identities