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Leger Grindon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739886

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.001.0001

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Body and Soul

Body and Soul

The Conflict between the Flesh and the Spirit

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(p.189) 7 Body and Soul
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Knockout
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Leger Grindon

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.003.0007

This chapter explores the body and soul conflict in the boxing film genre. The boxing film highlights the quest in American culture for a spiritual alternative to the sensual. In the genre, art, education, romance, the family, and religion all serve as manifestations of the spiritual. The analysis includes films such as Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Body and Soul (1947), and On the Waterfront (1954).

Keywords:   boxing film genre, American boxing films, spiritual

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