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|2008 ||Phillips, Murray G. (2008) An athletic Clio: Sport history and television history. Rethinking History, 12 3: 399-416.|
Sport historians have largely avoided television history even though several series, like Ken Burn's Baseball and the BBC's More Than a Game, have reached large audiences. Only one journal, The Journal of Sport History, regularly reviews mediated forms of sport history, while the other journals only sporadically engage with television history and film. This article evaluates the documentary The Original Mermaid: The Amazing Story of Annette Kellerman by creating three fictitious reviews using Alun Munslow's tripartite model of historical inquiry: reconstructionism, constructionism and deconstructionism. These reviews of The Original Mermaid are intended to encourage sport historians to move beyond the view that television sport history is not worthy of serious consideration and to stimulate a critical appreciation of sport history on television. As part of this process of critiquing television history, there is an implicit critique - to employ a sporting metaphor - of the rules of the game of sport history. In some ways this article is a personal journey, but more significantly it addresses key 'moments' in sport history as different methodological, epistemological and ontological positions have been adopted by practitioners.
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|Keywords: ||constructionism, deconstructionism, gender, reconstructionism, sport history, television history|