Women on Ice: Feminist Essays on the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle / Edition 1

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The attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships set the stage for a Winter Olympics spectacle: Tonya versus Nancy. Women on Ice collects the writings of a diverse group of feminists who address and question our national obsession with Tonya and Nancy and what this tells us about perceptions of women in twentieth century America.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Books about female ice skaters who compete (e.g., Chin, Fleming, Hamill, Yamaguchi, Trenary) are generally written for children. In this collection of feminist criticism, 18 women and one man focus on the social conditions in which women skaters conduct their lives as well as mass media stereotypes of such women. Editor Baughman (cinema and photography, Ithaca Coll.) provides an introduction to the attack on skater Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships that was media-cized into woman vs. woman. The glossary of skating terms and scoring techniques is helpful in coping with why Kerrigan missed winning a gold at the Winter Olympics. These are scholarly (notes, references, etc.) but definitely readable essays most libraries need in women's studies, psychology, and mass media collections.Helen Rippier Wheeler, formerly of UC-Berkeley, SLIS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415911511
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Baughman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College.

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Table of Contents

1 Nancy and Tonya and Sonja: The Figure of the Figure Skater in American Entertainment 3
2 "A Radiant Smile from the Lovely Lady": Overdetermined Femininity in "Ladies" Figure Skating 22
3 Pure Desire 47
4 What Tonya Harding Means to Me, or Images of Independent Female Power on Ice 53
5 Fear of Falling 78
6 Viktor Petrenko's Mother-in-Law 93
7 Tonya's Bad Boot, or, Go Figure 103
8 Feminists on Thin Ice: Re-Fusing Dualism in the Narrative of Nancy and Tonya 122
9 The Glass Slipper 148
10 Tales of the Ice Princess and the Trash Queen: Cultural Fictions and the Production of "Women" 165
11 A Skater is Being Beaten 182
12 Cool Medium on Ice: Tonya, Nancy, and TV 193
13 Narrative, Gender, and TV News: Comparing Network and Tabloid Stories 204
14 An American Tragedy 221
15 Tonya, Nancy, and the Bodily Figuration of Social Class 225
16 Tonya, Nancy, and the Dream Scheme: Nationalizing the 1994 Olympics 241
17 The Olympics and Post-Cold War Femininities: Tonya and Nancy 250
18 Dreaming of Tonya 264
Appendix I: A Glossary of Skating Terms 271
Appendix II: Scoring of Singles Figure Skating Competitions or how Nancy Kerrigan missed winning a gold medal at Lillehammer 279
Contributors 283
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