History & Literature 90ap: American Prizefighting, 1801 to the Present

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the history of boxing in the United States, as a significant social and commercial phenomenon in its own right, and as a unique window onto labor practices, race and gender ideologies, and cultural hierarchies in different eras. Readings will be organized around historically resonant fights, and will include media reports, literary texts, films, still images, and scholarship.