This course will take place online.
Together, we will reflect on the influence of social class and gender, the role of journalism and politics, the rise of public schools as a forum for sport as duty, attempts to suppress sports, the early rise of professionalism, and forgotten sports such as pedestrianism and knurr and spell. Finally, we will consider the origins of sporting words originating in languages as diverse as Tibetan, Old Norse, and Ancient Greek.
Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in the history of sport and the history of the English language. No previous knowledge of the subject is necessary.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will need a computer or other device to connect with Zoom and a notebook/paper and pen/pencil, or digital equivalent.
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You will learn
- About the impact of social class and gender on sporting language
- About the origins of several sporting words
- About the roles of journalism and politics in shaping the language of sport
- About attempts to suppress sports and the early rise of professionalism
- About the language of some now forgotten sports.
Meet the Tutor
Julian Walker worked as an educator at the British Library for 16 years. He teaches book and printing history, and the history of English. Julian is the authority on the English language during the First World War, a subject of ongoing research in the Languages and the First World War project, which he directs. An associate lecturer at the University of the Arts London, he has written several books on the history of English, in fields such as cooking, sport, and conflict.
Need to Know
- 19:00 - 21:00
- £16/£12 conc.
- Julian Walker
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