The Circus Is in Town: Sport, Celebrity, and Spectacle

Edited by Lisa Doris Alexander ’97 and Joel Nathan Rosen, University Press of Mississippi,
January 2022

Written by a range of scholars from multiple disciplines, including contributions from Alexander, The Circus Is in Town is a tracking of the most explosive collisions between athletic reputation and public scandal that contains careful analysis of such megastars as LeBron James, Tonya Harding, David Beckham, Shaquille O’Neal, Maria Sharapova, and Colin Kaepernick, examining reputation from the perspective of celebrity and spectacle. While their individual narratives are engrossing, these stories collectively paint a portrait of sport and spectacle that offers context and clarity.