Popular entertainments and the spectacle of bleeding

Nevitt, L. (2010) Popular entertainments and the spectacle of bleeding. Popular Entertainment Studies, 1 (2). pp. 78-92. ISSN 1837-9303 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/16484

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This article considers the spectacle of bleeding in two popular entertainment forms: professional wrestling and the sport of rugby union. It explores the conventions and spectatorial expectations attached to blood and bleeding through an analysis of the concept of cheating. What happens when actual bloodshed forms part of an entertainment narrative? What are the particular contracts involved in deliberate bleeding or in seeing others deliberately bleed? Is it possible to bleed untruthfully or inauthentically, and what might the answers to this question tell us about the conventions of truth, authenticity and popular performance? Lucy Nevitt is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of the West of England, UK. Her particular research interests are in violence in and as performance.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Dr Nevitt no longer works for the University of the West of England. If you wish to contact her in connection with this research please email eprints@uwe.ac.uk and we will forward your request on to her.
Uncontrolled Keywords:popular entertainments, bleeding
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:16484
Deposited By: J. Triggle
Deposited On:02 Feb 2012 13:06
Last Modified:02 Dec 2016 13:23

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