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The Re-Enchantment of the WorldSecular Magic in a Rational Age$
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Joshua Landy and Michael Saler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752992

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752992.001.0001

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

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

(p.149) Chapter 8 “Lost in Focused Intensity”: Spectator Sports and Strategies of Re-Enchantment
The Re-Enchantment of the World

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Stanford University Press

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

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