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'Scorn Eunuch Sports': Class, Gender and the Context of Early Cricket
Brunstrom, Conrad; Cassidy, Tanya M.
The under-theorised eighteenth-century game of cricket represents a far more fluid and paradoxical site of enquiry than the exhaustively politicised discussions of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century versions of the sport. Eighteenth-century cricket represents a way of describing the performance of gender within a context of patriotic self-imagining. Poems and paintings describing cricketers of both sexes illustrate how ideas of masculinity and femininity can be celebrated and challenged at the same time. The extent to which cricket (as it is steadily organised and coded) functions as a 'heroic' pastime says much about the centrality of sport in general within the national consciousness.
Keyword(s): class; gender; Early Cricket; Eighteenth-century; cricket; sport
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): Brunstrom, Conrad and Cassidy, Tanya M. (2012) 'Scorn Eunuch Sports': Class, Gender and the Context of Early Cricket. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 35 (2). pp. 223-237. ISSN 1754-0194
Publisher(s): Wiley
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