The Tour de France, 1903-1998: A Window on Twentieth-Century French Cultural History

By Keiran J. Dunne.

Published by Sport & Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

This book proposes a cultural history of the Tour de France in five chapters corresponding to five periods: the Period of Invention (1903–29); the Rejuvenation of the Tour (1930–39); the “Golden Age” of the Tour (1947–61); Television and “Stagflation” (1962–82); and France in the European Union and the Global Village (1983–98). This periodization reflects important shifts in four categories: (1) the presentation of the Tour, which encompasses the actual race route itself, as well as the riders and infrastructure of the race; (2) representations of the race in different media (the press, radio and television, literature) as well as in monuments; (3) cultural practices associated with the Tour; and (4) discourses about nation and values. Control of evidence for larger political and cultural change is provided by comparing the discourse about the Tour to official political discourse. A representative edition of the Tour has been chosen for each period and is examined as a case study. By placing these case studies in a larger context, and by treating chapters as elements of a series, this book traces important shifts and provides new insights into the transformation of French culture over the course of the 20th century.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 6.545MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by Sport & Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Keiran J. Dunne

Professor of Translation Studies, Institute for Applied Liquistics, Kent State University, Munroe Falls, OH, USA

Keiran Dunne is a Professor of Translation Studies and a member of the faculty in the Institute for Applied Linguistics at Kent State University, where he teaches graduate courses on computer-assisted translation, localization, project management and the language industry. His research interests include software and website localization; translation and localization project management, quality management, risk management and terminology management; and French cultural history (1870 to present). He is the editor of the collective volume Perspectives on Localization (2006) and the co-editor of the collective volume Translation and Localization Project Management: The Art of the Possible (2011).


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