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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.
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" Part 1. The Outsiders: Cheerleaders, Lamenters, and Rebels-Lost and Won - Mary Russell Mitford-The Hunting of the Hare - Margaret Cavendish(Duchess of Newcastle)-Boys of These Men Full Speed - Muriel Rukeyser-Hang-gliders in January - U.A. Fanthorpe -The Sprinters - Lillian Morrison-Smalltown Dance - Judith Wright-Young Girls Running - Jean Earle-Golf - Laura Jensen-Women's Tug of War at Lough Arrow - Tess Gallagher -A Study for the Badminton Game - Pauline Stainer-Hotshot - Nancy Boutilier -Marathoner - Stephanie Plotin -Running - Leslie Ullman -On Watching a World Series Game - Sonia Sanchez -The Jockey - Carson McCullers -The Splendid Outcast - Beryl Markham-Why Aren't Women Racing at Indy? Janet Guthrie Knows - Tracy Dodds-A Marble Game in 1955 - Jadene Felina Stevens -Playing Pool - Julia Darling -The Lady Pitcher - Cynthia MacDonald -Change-Ups - Maria Noell Goldberg-First Peace - Barbara LamblinPart 2. Dear Body . . . -Little League Women - Deena Metzger-Athletic - Anne Rouse-Pumping Iron - Diane Ackerman -Disappearing - Monica Wood-The Dancer - Nancy Boutilier-Belly Dancer - Diane Wakoski-Learning to Ride - Susan McMaster-What if I Become a Body Builder? - Tobey Kaplan-Hard-Hitting Woman: Winning the Serve - Maxine Silverman-A Running Girl: Fragments of My Body History - Ulla Kosonen-The Swimmer - Lorna Crozier-Runner Resumes Training After an Injury - Grace Butcher-""Muscles"" Hougen Comes Out of Softball Retirement - Judith Hougen-Late Bloomers - Barbara Smith-Antarctica Considers Her Explorers - Diane Ackerman-To a Woman Caving - Linda Rose Parker-Biking at Dusk Along the Charles - Jean Monahan-Runner at Twilight - Grace Butcher-Swimmers - Ruth Harriet Jacobs -The Nude Swim - Anne Sexton-Swimming the Body's Water - Lucia Cordell Getsi-The Swimmer - Angela GatteschiPart 3. Woman and Nature: The Bond With the Hunted-The Mighty Hunter - Mrs. J.B. Worley -Men Fishing in the Arno - Elizabeth Jennings-Hooked - Nancy Boutilier -Fishing - Kay Ryan-Lady with a Falcon - May Sarton -Song of the Fisherman's Lover - Roseann Lloyd-Birdshooting Season - Olive Senior -The Goring - Sylvia Plath-The Buck - Joyce Carol Oates -Time of Fish Dying - Gabriela Melinescu-The Falconers - Simonne Jacquemard-Death Invited - May Swenson -His Power: He Tames What Is Wild - Susan Griffin-Jacklight - Louise Erdrich-Fishing Off Nova Scotia - Sharon Olds-The Trappers - Margaret Atwood -The Weighing - Jane Hirshfield-In Yellow Grass - Jane HirshfieldPart 4. The Contact Imperative-Basketball at Bryn Mawr - Ethel le Roy de Koven-Transit - Adrienne Rich-Red Runner - Diane Wakoski-Running with Helena - Theresa W. Miller-The Interpretation of Baseball - Carole Oles -City Ball - Roberta Israeloff -The Pain Business - Linda France-The Cyclist - Cherry Clayton-Ping-Pong Doubles Match - Mary Ann Waters-Not Shooting Sitting Birds - Jean Rhys-A Swimming Lesson - Jewelle L. Gomez-In the Ocean - Patricia Goedicke-Woman Skating - Margaret Atwood -Daughter, Diving - Paulette Roeske-Golf Lesson - Susan Ioannou -Teaching Chess to a Daughter - Jo Casullo -Lines - Barbara Smith-Outswimming - Lucia Cordell Getsi -Sometimes in Winter - Linda Pastan-Morning Athletes - Marge Piercy-Soccer by Moonlight - Anita Skeen-The Locker Room - Susan Richards Shreve -Competition - Mariah Burton Nelson-Prothalamion - Maxine Kumin -Pair Partner - Janice Bultman -State of Grace - Lucy Jane Bledsoe-Phantasia for Elvira Shatayev - Adrienne RichPart 5. Encounters With Sport: Discovery of Self-A Winter Ride - Amy Lowell -I Dance - Valeska Gert-First Dive - Florence McNeil-The Dive - Cornelia Brownell Gould -April Fools on Polar Circus - Janet Roddan-Surfing - Ellen Phethean-The Tournament - Merril Mushroom -Posting-Up - Stephanie Grant-Her Marathon - Jenifer Levin-Women Who Run - Laurel Starkey-Running - Ellen E. Moore -Swimming - Svava Jakobsdottir -Mary Bacon Loses Her Final Race - Joan Ryan-Margarethe ""Gretel"" Bergmann from How She Played the Game - Cynthia L. Cooper -Contest - Florence Victor -The Uni-Gym - Anne Rouse-Early Morning Swim - Vicky DarlingPart 6. Beyond Gender, Space, and Time: Dervish Rhythms in the Games of the Gods-Golden Section, Giants Stadium - Diane Ackerman-Frozen Motion - Wislawa Szymborska-Dancers Exercising - Amy Clampitt-Martha Graham - Elaine Equi-Breaking the Speed Record - Cristina Peri Rossi-Amateur Athletic Meeting - Elizabeth Smither-The Runner - Erin Moure-Dance Memories - Denise Levertov-Song for Girls or Balance Beams - Zehra Cirak -Greek Dances I - Simonne Jacquemard -Greek Dances II - Simonne Jacquemard -Muscle Like Metaphor Pulls Thin and Tough - Vivian Jokl-African Chess 1977 - Tessa Ransford -Between Hard Rocks and Savage Winds I Try - Vittoria Colonna -Rowing - Anne Sexton -The Swimmer - Sharon Olds -A Game of Ball - Muriel Rukeyser "

About 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.

Reviews

""""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"

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