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“Lost in Focused Intensity”: Spectator Sports and Strategies of Re-Enchantment

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

in The Re-Enchantment of the World

Published by Stanford University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780804752992
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780804787499 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.11126/stanford/9780804752992.003.0009
“Lost in Focused Intensity”: Spectator Sports and Strategies of Re-Enchantment

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This chapter examines a mental attitude, most often found in the semi-sacred space of the stadium. It notes that spectator sports are the privileged site of today's “secular epiphanies,” moments of being in which form suddenly emerges from chaos and in which the audience, “lost in focused intensity,” once again allow the world to be present to them. Such re-enchantment, a restoration of a sense of place within the cosmos, a revitalization of gratitude simply for what is can be possible in an age obsessed with meaning at the expense of presence, ideas at the expense of sensations, and minds at the expense of bodies. This chapter recommends that one only has to immerse himself in the epiphany occurring in front of him.

Keywords: stadium sports; secular epiphany; focused intensity; spectator sports

Chapter.  4019 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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