Thursday, March 17, 2011

CFP: Critical Survey "Sporting Victorians" Issue (5/16/2011)

Sporting Victorians

In the light of the forthcoming 2012 London Olympics, the journal Critical Survey seeks proposals for 4,000-6,000 word articles discussing some of the cultural, national, social and political issues that sport encompassed in Britain in the years 1800-1914. The nineteenth century saw the rise of professionalism in sport and the emergence of women as participants. The topic of sport also engaged a wide range of novelists, poets, dramatists, painters and journalists - both as commentators and participants - from Byron's swimming to J.M. Barrie's cricket team. It is hoped that the topic's multi-disciplinary appeal will be apparent in some of the submissions.

Subjects might include but are not limited to the following:

  • sport and literature
  • sporting writers
  • sport and gender
  • sport and nation
  • sport and the theatre
  • empire
  • the professionalization of sport
  • sport and the countryside (including hunting)
  • sport and the city
  • sporting heroes
  • sport and entertainment (including gambling)
  • sport and crime
  • sport and the body (including `Muscular Christianity')
  • Hellenism
  • sport and ethnicity
  • sport and health

Please email proposals (of approximately 500 words) by 16 May 2011 to:
Andrew Maunder
Editor, Critical Survey

Final essays will be due in by 31 December 2011 and the journal issue will be published in spring 2012.

Queries about this special issue of the Journal are welcome.