• Nicoletta Vallorani Università degli Studi di Milano
Keywords: Abebe Bikila, Fred Lebov, Olympic games, marathon, Banksy


Starting from Arjun Appadurai’s notion that “We need to think ourselves beyond the nation” (Appadurai 1998), I will consider how this operation of “thinking beyond” has been symbolically and practically reflected in the experience of the city marathon as a conscious or unconscious appropriation of an urban space that does not belong to the runner and that is progressively resignified through the very act of running through it. This act generates a narrative, a kind of storytelling whose main characteristic is that of  enacting the journey from the space of the former colony to the space of the postcolony (Appadurai 1998), also raising issues related to the impact of globalization on the practice of sports.


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How to Cite
Vallorani, N. (2016). RUNNING THE CITY. URBAN MARATHON AS (STORY)TELLING. RiCOGNIZIONI. Rivista Di Lingue E Letterature Straniere E Culture Moderne, 3(5), 87-97.