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Crossing Boundaries: Internatnl Anthology Women Expernc in Sport
     

Crossing Boundaries: Internatnl Anthology Women Expernc in Sport

by Susan Bandy, Anne Darden, Anne S. Darden (Editor)
 

Crossing Boundaries: An Anthology of Women's Experiences in Sport will help you discover, understand, and appreciate the depth and complexity of the female experience in sport. This is a journey to the center of feminine identity, a survey of past and present voices that lead you into the minds, hearts, and souls of women in sport. The largest

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Crossing Boundaries: An Anthology of Women's Experiences in Sport will help you discover, understand, and appreciate the depth and complexity of the female experience in sport. This is a journey to the center of feminine identity, a survey of past and present voices that lead you into the minds, hearts, and souls of women in sport. The largest literary compilation of writings on and by women in sports, Crossing Boundaries serves as a chronology of attitudes and a catalog of experiences. International in scope, some of these pieces have been translated into English for the first time, thus expanding the sports canon.

All genres are represented-poems, short stories, prose memoirs, journalistic accounts, plays, and novels-to illustrate the broad reach of the literature written by women from a variety of historical and cultural perspectives. This is the female story in and out of sport, one told by outsiders, insiders, spectators, recreational athletes, and transnational sports heroes.

Crossing Boundaries starts with an important historical perspective dating back to Cynisca, the first female victor in the ancient Olympic Games. The book goes on to examine themes which have long been included in women's writings yet have been long overlooked by both feminists and literary critics. These themes include:
-the significance and centrality of the body;

-the impact of exclusion and the female reaction to it;

-the role of the female spectator as an outsider;

-the female identification, connection, and ultimate merger with nature;

-the connections women make with others in and through sport;

-the athlete's identity; and

-the metaphorical uses of sport.
Because women had for so long been excluded from official sports, relegated for centuries to the role of passive spectator, you will find literature about play, dance, movement, games, and exercise-activities often considered ancillary to and preparatory for the more important activity of sport. Similarly, since the editors extended their search to other countries to expand the limits of the contemporary Western perceptions of sport, you can widen your understanding of the female sporting experience.

The young women who took advantage of the passing of Title IX by the NCAA in 1972 to take part in high school and college sports have now become mothers, and their daughters are following in their footsteps. A new atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement for female athletes of all ages means more and more women are experiencing the joy of sports participation. This book connects generations of women and girls with a vivid, compelling sporting heritage.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
An anthology of poetry, prose memoirs, short stories, dramas, and journalistic works by women from some 20 countries, capturing the spectrum of female athletic experience. Selections are written from the perspectives of spectators, fans, professional athletes, amateurs, and school girls. These female voices resound with the impulse to be liberated from the confining expectations of others. Some more well- known contributors include Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Plath, and Joyce Carol Oates. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736000888
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
05/19/1999
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,090,144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"Crossing Boundaries fills a huge void. Through poetry, essays, and stories, it celebrates the broad spectrum of the female athletic experience, beautifully capturing the joy, frustration, and complexity that has long been ignored in American literature."
Joan Ryan — San Francisco Chronicle
Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

"This wide-ranging anthology will make readers reconsider their casual assumptions about both sport and women's experiences. Bandy and Darden have assembled an indispensable addition to the literature of sport."
Michael Oriard — Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture
Oregon State University

Meet the Author

Susan J. Bandy, PhD, and Anne S. Darden share a common interest in the literature of sport, particularly the work of women writers. Crossing Boundaries is a result of their combined efforts and the culmination of five years of research.

Bandy was a competitive basketball player in high school and college. She earned a PhD in the history and philosophy of sport at Arizona State University. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar to Hungary, where she teaches courses devoted to sport history as well as women and sport at the Hungarian University of Physical Education.

Darden has published and presented papers on women's sports literature. She earned a master's degree in 19th and 20th century American literature from East Tennessee State University. She has been an editor at Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature since 1992. Darden lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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