- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Auflage: Reprint (29. August 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0060874503
- ISBN-13: 978-0060874506
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,2 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 153.019 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
On Boxing (P.S.) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. August 2006
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Yes, the same Joyce Carol Oates who packs one of the most lethal punches in American literature also happens to be an astute observer of the sweet science. Oates filters her knockout collection of essays through multifaceted prisms of art, history, sexuality, and politics to directly confront and explore boxing's physical and commercial brutality, but also the sense of human struggle and survival that's at boxing's purest core. "In the boxing ring," she writes, "man is in extremis, performing an atavistic rite ... for the mysterious solace of those who can participate only vicariously in such drama: the drama of life in the flesh. Boxing has become America's tragic theater." And from her ringside perspective, Oates, a true heavyweight of letters, analyzes the performances just brilliantly. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
Joyce Carol Oates explores the world of professional boxing, examining the subject from many angles: boxing as metaphor, spectacle and history, boxing as seen in literature and film and by women. The author chronicles many famous figures such as Jack Dempsey, Barry McGuigan, Joe Louis and others. Oates writes of "stiffs and bums" who make a living out of losing and the big-earning champs like Ali who made $70 million with his fists. She explores boxing's links with racism and the violent streets - long the recruiting ground for generations of professional pugilists. Joyce Carol Oates is also author of the novel "Marya: A Life", "A Garden of Earthly Delights" and "Them", winner of the 1970 National Book Award. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
I wonder what Miss Oates thinks of the apparent growing popularity of female boxers (surely, the oxymoron non pareil). My guess is that she sees it for precisely what it is -- political correctness carried to its ultimate and inevitable fatuity. A woman who boxes may be to drool over by lipstick lesbians, but she will always be that absurd and grotesque anomaly -- a woman who boxes. The one thing she'll never be is a "Boxer."
Perhaps another book will be forthcoming from Miss Oates, one that will explore this perversion of the "Sweet Science." My guess is not -- why waste time on the ridiculous when, in "On Boxing," she has spoken so well on what is sublime.