Boxing: A Cultural History by Kasia Boddy

By Kasia Boddy

Boxing is among the oldest and most fun of activities: its bruising and bloody confrontations have permeated Western tradition for the reason that 3000 B.C. in the course of that interval, there has hardly ever been a time during which younger males, and infrequently ladies, didn't increase their gloved or bare fists to 1 different. all through this background, potters, sculptors, painters, poets, novelists, cartoonists, song-writers, photographers and film-makers were there to checklist and make feel of all of it. In her encyclopaedic research of the transferring social, political and cultural resonances of this so much visceral of activities, Kasia Boddy throws new gentle on an elemental fight for dominance whose guns are not anything greater than fists. From Daniel Mendoza to Mike Tyson, boxers have embodied and enacted our anxieties approximately race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. taking a look afresh at every little thing from neo-classical sculpture to hip-hop lyrics, Boddy explores the way the historical past of boxing has intersected with the background of mass media, and sheds new mild at the paintings of such diversified figures as Henry Fielding and Spike Lee, Charlie Chaplin and Philip Roth, James Joyce and Mae West, Bertolt Brecht and Charles Dickens. This all-encompassing research tells us simply how and why boxing has mattered loads to so many.

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