CFP: Critical Survey “Sporting Victorians” Issue

Proposals Due: 16 May 2011

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.


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