ERIC Number: ED102583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Helmeted Hero: The Football Player in Recent American Fiction.
Burt, David J.
This paper examines the modern cultural fascination with the game of football and with football players as this concern is reflected in the modern (post-1960) novel. The analysis is based on 31 novels, or portions of novels, which treat the topic of football as a cultural metaphor at the high school, college, and professional levels. Inspecting these novels for literary images, the study finds that the football hero is represented as both the sensitive idealist and the ego-centered pragmatist. The majority of these popular heroes fall into the ego-centered category, thus debunking the myth that the football star is a hero. The use of football as a cultural metaphor allows these novels to deal seriously with the problems of contemporary life--racism, sexism, gambling, homosexuality, and drugs--by reflecting these difficulties in the small world of the team. (Author/RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association (5th, St. Louis, Missouri, March 20-22, 1975)