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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Sergei Kirienko
Sports and Spectacular Aspects of American Wrestling (on the Case of WWE)
Applied Cultural Studies
(Master’s programme)
8
2018
This research is devoted to the American professional wrestling of World Wrestling Entertainment. The purpose of the study is to investigate, why it is impossible in professional wrestling (on the case of WWE) to distinguish between reality and the imaginary world. In order to achieve this purpose wrestling is compared with different cultural practices. In the second part professional wrestling is considered as theatre and as serial. In the third part wrestling is described as sport. The fourth part is devoted to correlation of wrestling with circus and performance.

The research demonstrates that professional wrestling is the unique cultural practice, which can’t be described like any known area. Besides, the mechanism of wrestling perception by the fans is analyzed. Finally, the reasons why it is impossible in wrestling to separate the real world from the imaginary one are defined.

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