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The Cambridge Companion to Boxing

The Cambridge Companion to Boxing

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Byron J. Nakamura, Elliott J. Gorn, Adam Chill, Louis Moore, Colleen Aycock, Carlo Rotella, Troy Rondinone, Adeyinka Makinde, Benita Heiskanen, Cathy van Ingen, Steven A. Riess, Tony Gee, Randy Roberts, Wil Haygood, Lewis Erenberg, Michael Ezra, Mark Scott, Kasia Boddy, Scott D. Emmer, Leger Grindon, Rebecca Wanzo, Benjamin Cawthra, Rosalind Early, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Gerald Early
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  • Publication planned for: February 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107631205

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  • While humans have used their hands to engage in combat since the dawn of man, boxing originated in Ancient Greece as an Olympic event. It is one of the most popular, controversial and misunderstood sports in the world. For its advocates, it is a heroic expression of unfettered individualism. For its critics, it is a depraved and ruthless physical and commercial exploitation of mostly poor young men. This Companion offers engaging and informative essays about the social impact and historical importance of the sport of boxing. It includes a comprehensive chronology of the sport, listing all the important events and personalities. Essays examine topics such as women in boxing, boxing and the rise of television, boxing in Africa, boxing and literature, and boxing and Hollywood films. A unique book for scholars and fans alike, this Companion explores the sport from its inception in Ancient Greece to the death of its most celebrated figure, Muhammad Ali.

    • Offers a comprehensive overview of the sport without excessively scholarly apparatus
    • Contains essays which place boxing in larger social and historical contexts
    • The essays stand alone and each can be read without reference to the others
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    • Publication planned for: February 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107631205
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Boxing in the ancient world Byron J. Nakamura
    2. The bare-knuckle era Elliott J. Gorn
    3. Jem Mace and the making of modern boxing Adam Chill
    4. Race and boxing in the nineteenth century Louis Moore
    5. Joe Gans and his contemporaries: the contest for supremacy in the Queensberry realm Colleen Aycock
    6. Dempsey-Tunney, Tunney-Greb, and the 1920s Carlo Rotella
    7. Prime time and crime time: boxing in the 1950s Troy Rondinone
    8. The Africans: boxing and Africa Adeyinka Makinde
    9. A century of fighting Latinos: from the margins to the mainstream Benita Heiskanen
    10. Women's boxing – bout time Cathy van Ingen
    11. Jews in twentieth-century boxing Steven A. Riess
    12. A surprising dearth of top English-born Jewish fighters in the bare-knuckle era Tony Gee
    13. Joe Louis: 'you should have seen him then' Randy Roberts
    14. The furious beauty of Sugar Ray Wil Haygood
    15. Echoes from the jungle: Muhammad Ali in the early 70s Lewis Erenberg
    16. The unusable champions: Sonny Liston (1962–1964) and Larry Holmes (1978–1985) Michael Ezra
    17. Emile Griffith: an underrated champion Mark Scott
    18. Pierce Egan, boxing, and British nationalism Adam Chill
    19. Jose Torres: the boxer as writer Adeyinka Makinde
    20. 'Well, what was it really like?' George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, and the heavyweights Kasia Boddy
    21. Jack London and the great white hopes of boxing literature Scott D. Emmer
    22. Body and soul of the screen boxer Leger Grindon
    23. Black Slaver: Jack Johnson and the Mann Act Rebecca Wanzo
    24. Yesternow: Jack Johnson, documentary film, and the politics of jazz Benjamin Cawthra
    25. Opera for boxers Rosalind Early
    26. The voice of boxing: a brief history of American broadcasting ringside Colleen Aycock
    27. Ralph Wiley's surprising serenity Shelley Fisher Fishkin
    28. Muhammad Ali, king of the inauthentic Gerald Early.

  • Editor

    Gerald Early, Washington University, St Louis
    Gerald Early is Professor of English and African American Studies at Washington University, St Louis. He has written about boxing since the early 1980s. His book, The Culture of Bruising (1994), won the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. He also edited The Muhammad Ali Reader (1998) and Body Language: Writers on Sports (1998). His essays have appeared several times in the Best American Essays series.

    Contributors

    Byron J. Nakamura, Elliott J. Gorn, Adam Chill, Louis Moore, Colleen Aycock, Carlo Rotella, Troy Rondinone, Adeyinka Makinde, Benita Heiskanen, Cathy van Ingen, Steven A. Riess, Tony Gee, Randy Roberts, Wil Haygood, Lewis Erenberg, Michael Ezra, Mark Scott, Kasia Boddy, Scott D. Emmer, Leger Grindon, Rebecca Wanzo, Benjamin Cawthra, Rosalind Early, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Gerald Early

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