What is Specific About the Drama of Athletic Events? - Towards a Phenomenol...
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard Professor in Literature in the Departments of Comparative Literature and of French & Italian at Stanford University. As a scholar, Gumbrecht focuses on the histories of national literatures in Romance languages, as well as the western philosophical tradition with an emphasis on French and German nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts. In addition, Gumbrecht tries to analyze and to understand forms of aesthetic experience 21st-century everyday culture. His 2006 book “In Praise of Athletic Beauty” (Harvard University Press) argues that our fascination with watching sports is probably the most popular and potent contemporary form of aesthetic experience. In this presentation Gumbrecht will consider the live spectacle of stadium sports.
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