Writing the Body in Motion: A Critical Anthology on Canadian Sport Literature

Writing the Body in Motion: A Critical Anthology on Canadian Sport Literature

by Angie Abdou, Jamie Dopp

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ISBN-13: 9781771992305
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 194
File size: 551 KB

About the Author

Angie Abdou is assistant professor of creative writing at Athabasca University and a regular book reviewer for Quill and Quire. She has published one short story collection and four novels. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque. The novel was included on Canadian Literature magazine’s “All-Time Top Ten List of Best Canadian Sport Literature” and topped the CBC Book Club’s list of Top 10 Sport Books. Jamie Dopp is associate professor of Canadian literature at the University of Victoria, where he has taught a course in hockey and literature for a number of years. His poetry, fiction, reviews, and scholarly articles have appeared in many journals. He has published two collections of poetry and a novel and in 2009, he co-edited a collection of essays with Richard Harrison called Now is the Winter: Thinking about Hockey.

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From the introduction: According to Don Morrow, who taught one of Canada’s first Sport Lit courses at the University of Western Ontario, Sport Literature is never just about sport. Rather, it explores the human condition using sport as the dominant metaphor. Similarly, Priscila Uppal, perhaps the most well-known Canadian scholar and writer to focus her attention on this topic, explains that the best sport literature does not focus exclusively on sport as sport; rather, in this literature, sport functions as “metaphor, paradigm, a way to experience some of the harsher realities of the world, a place to escape to, an arena from which endless lessons can be learned, passed on, learned again” (xiv). Many of the essays in this collection, therefore, examine the various ways sport functions metaphorically. Our authors also consider various recurring themes of sport literature, including: sport and the body; sport and violence; sport and gender; sport and society; sport and sexuality; sport and heroism; sport and the father/son relationship; sport and memory; sport and the environment; sport and redemption; sport and mortality; sport as religion; sport as quest; sport as place; and sport literature and intertextuality.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Angie Abdou Chapter 1 W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe: Real People and Fantasy Quests - Fred Mason Chapter 2 “I join them in the circle”: Mythologizing Hockey and Identity in Paul Quarrington’s King Leary - Cara Hedley Chapter 3 Hockey, Humour, and Play Wayne Johnston’s The Divine Ryans - Jason Blake Chapter 4 “steel on water frozen calm”: the Poetry of Hockey in Richard Harrison’s Hero of the Play - Paul Martin Chapter 5 Glaciers, Embodiment, and the Sublime: An Introduction to Ecocriticism and Thomas Wharton’s Icefields - Cory Willard Chapter 6 Hockey, Zen and the Art of The Good Body - Jamie Dopp Chapter 7 The Sporting Woman in Literature: Strategies of Exclusion and the Absence-Presence of the Male Athlete in Cara Hedley’s Twenty Miles - Susan J. Bandy Chapter 8 The Darkening Path: the Hero-Athlete Reconsidered in The Bone Cage - Gyllian Phillips Chapter 9 “Open the door to the roaring darkness”:the enigma of Terry Sawchuk in Randall Maggs’ Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems - Paul Martin Chapter 10 From Tank to Deep Water: Samantha Warwick's Sage Island - Jamie Dopp Chapter 11 Identity and the Athlete: Alexander MacLeod’s “Miracle Mile” - Laura K Davis Chapter 12 Decolonizing the Hockey Novel: Ambivalence&Apotheosis in Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse - Sam McKegney and Trevor Phillips Contributors

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