One new entry this week, Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences by Benjamin Litherland:
At the intersection of sport, entertainment and performance, wrestling occupies a unique position in British popular culture. This is the first book to offer a detailed historical and cultural analysis of British professional wrestling, exploring the shifting popularity of the sport as well as its wider social significance.
Arguing that the history of professional wrestling can help us understand key themes in sport, culture and performance that span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it addresses topics such as: attitudes towards violence, representations of masculinity, the media and celebrity culture, consumerism and globalisation. By drawing on a variety of intellectual traditions and disciplines, the book explores the role of power in the development of popular cultural forms, the ways in which history structures the present, and the manner in which audiences construct identity and meaning through sport.
Wrestling in Britain: Sporting Entertainments, Celebrity and Audiences is fascinating reading for all students and researchers with an interest in media and cultural studies, histories and sociologies of sport, or performance studies.
(Note the academic book pricing.)
29 November: GLOW: Vs The Star Primas by Tini Howard
28 January 2020: Smackdown Town by Max Nicoll & Matt Smith
17 March: WWE Beyond Extreme by Dean Miller
3 April: New Jack: Memoir of a Pro Wrestling Extremist by New Jack (This is still listed as a 30 October 2019 release in the UK.)