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    'Scorn Eunuch Sports': Class, Gender and the Context of Early Cricket


    Brunstrom, Conrad and Cassidy, Tanya M. (2012) 'Scorn Eunuch Sports': Class, Gender and the Context of Early Cricket. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 35 (2). pp. 223-237. ISSN 1754-0194

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    Abstract

    The under-theorised eighteenth-century game of cricket represents a far more fluid and paradoxical site of enquiry than the exhaustively politicised discussions of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century versions of the sport. Eighteenth-century cricket represents a way of describing the performance of gender within a context of patriotic self-imagining. Poems and paintings describing cricketers of both sexes illustrate how ideas of masculinity and femininity can be celebrated and challenged at the same time. The extent to which cricket (as it is steadily organised and coded) functions as a 'heroic' pastime says much about the centrality of sport in general within the national consciousness.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1111/j.1754-0208.2012.00498.x
    Keywords: class; gender; Early Cricket; Eighteenth-century; cricket; sport;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > English
    Item ID: 6598
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1754-0208.2012.00498.x
    Depositing User: Dr. Conrad Brunstrom
    Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 16:16
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
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