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Crossing boundaries : an international anthology of women's experiences in sport
Bandy, Susan J.
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Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1999]

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xvi, 311 pages ; 23 cm
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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.

Author Notes

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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Choice Review

Crossing Boundaries reveals an evolution of women's experiences in sport. For this collection, Bandy and Darden have selected a wide range of poetry, short stories, and dramatic works that present the wonder and history of women's sports life. This book provides a moving, peaceful, and often thought-provoking reading experience. The pieces not only allow one to see the sporting world through the eyes of the contributors, they force readers to look at their own sporting experiences and philosophy. How women perceive their sports life has been wrapped up in a beautiful and emotional representation of traditional and nontraditional themes. Recommended for readers at the graduate level who are part of a "women in sport" class or a women's studies programs. K. H. Weiller; University of North Texas

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Outsiders: Cheerleaders, Lamenters, and Rebels
Lost and WonMary Russell Mitford
The Hunting of the HareMargaret Cavendish
Boys of These Men Full SpeedMuriel Rukeyser
Hang-gliders in JanuaryU.A. Fanthorpe
The SprintersLillian Morrison
Smalltown DanceJudith Wright
Young Girls RunningJean Earle
GolfLaura Jensen
Women's Tug of War at Lough ArrowTess Gallagher
A Study for the Badminton GamePauline Stainer
HotshotNancy Boutilier
MarathonerStephanie Plotin
RunningLeslie Ullman
On Watching a World Series GameSonia Sanchez
The JockeyCarson McCullers
The Splendid OutcastBeryl Markham
Why Aren't Women Racing at Indy? Janet Guthrie KnowsTracy Dodds
A Marble Game in 1955Jadene Felina Stevens
Playing PoolJulia Darling
The Lady PitcherCynthia MacDonald
Change-UpsMaria Noell Goldberg
First PeaceBarbara Lamblin
Part 2 Dear Body . . .
Little League WomenDeena Metzger
AthleticAnne Rouse
Pumping IronDiane Ackerman
DisappearingMonica Wood
The DancerNancy Boutilier
Belly DancerDiane Wakoski
Learning to RideSusan McMaster
What if I Become a Body Builder?Tobey Kaplan
Hard-Hitting Woman: Winning the ServeMaxine Silverman
A Running Girl: Fragments of My Body HistoryUlla Kosonen
The SwimmerLorna Crozier
Runner Resumes Training After an InjuryGrace Butcher
""Muscles"" Hougen Comes Out of Softball RetirementJudith Hougen
Late BloomersBarbara Smith
Antarctica Considers Her ExplorersDiane Ackerman
To a Woman CavingLinda Rose Parker
Biking at Dusk Along the CharlesJean Monahan
Runner at TwilightGrace Butcher
SwimmersRuth Harriet Jacobs
The Nude SwimAnne Sexton
Swimming the Body's WaterLucia Cordell Getsi
The SwimmerAngela Gatteschi
Part 3 Woman and Nature: The Bond With the Hunted
The Mighty HunterMrs. J.B. Worley
Men Fishing in the ArnoElizabeth Jennings
HookedNancy Boutilier
FishingKay Ryan
Lady with a FalconMay Sarton
Song of the Fisherman's LoverRoseann Lloyd
Birdshooting SeasonOlive Senior
The GoringSylvia Plath
The BuckJoyce Carol Oates
Time of Fish DyingGabriela Melinescu
The FalconersSimonne Jacquemard
Death InvitedMay Swenson
His Power: He Tames What Is WildSusan Griffin
JacklightLouise Erdrich
Fishing Off Nova ScotiaSharon Olds
The TrappersMargaret Atwood
The WeighingJane Hirshfield
In Yellow GrassJane Hirshfield
Part 4 The Contact Imperative
Basketball at Bryn MawrEthel le Roy de Koven
TransitAdrienne Rich
Red RunnerDiane Wakoski
Running with HelenaTheresa W. Miller
The Interpretation of BaseballCarole Oles
City BallRoberta Israeloff
The Pain BusinessLinda France
The CyclistCherry Clayton
Ping-Pong Doubles MatchMary Ann Waters
Not Shooting Sitting BirdsJean Rhys
A Swimming LessonJewelle L. Gomez
In the OceanPatricia Goedicke
Woman SkatingMargaret Atwood
Daughter, DivingPaulette Roeske
Golf LessonSusan Ioannou
Teaching Chess to a DaughterJo Casullo
LinesBarbara Smith
OutswimmingLucia Cordell Getsi
Sometimes in WinterLinda Pastan
Morning AthletesMarge Piercy
Soccer by MoonlightAnita Skeen
The Locker RoomSusan Richards Shreve
CompetitionMariah Burton Nelson
ProthalamionMaxine Kumin
Pair PartnerJanice Bultman
State of GraceLucy Jane Bledsoe
Phantasia for Elvira ShatayevAdrienne Rich
Part 5 Encounters With Sport: Discovery of Self
A Winter RideAmy Lowell
I DanceValeska Gert
First DiveFlorence McNeil
The DiveCornelia Brownell Gould
April Fools on Polar CircusJanet Roddan
SurfingEllen Phethean
The TournamentMerril Mushroom
Posting-UpStephanie Grant
Her MarathonJenifer Levin
Women Who RunLaurel Starkey
RunningEllen E. Moore
SwimmingSvava Jakobsdottir
Mary Bacon Loses Her Final RaceJoan Ryan
Margarethe ""Gretel"" Bergmann from How She Played the GameCynthia L. Cooper
ContestFlorence Victor
The Uni-GymAnne Rouse
Early Morning SwimVicky Darling
Part 6 Beyond Gender, Space, and Time: Dervish Rhythms in the Games of the Gods
Golden Section, Giants StadiumDiane Ackerman
Frozen MotionWislawa Szymborska
Dancers ExercisingAmy Clampitt
Martha GrahamElaine Equi
Breaking the Speed RecordCristina Peri Rossi
Amateur Athletic MeetingElizabeth Smither
The RunnerErin Mouré
Dance MemoriesDenise Levertov
Song for Girls or Balance BeamsZehra Cirak
Greek Dances ISimonne Jacquemard
Greek Dances IISimonne Jacquemard
Muscle Like Metaphor Pulls Thin and ToughVivian Jokl
African Chess 1977Tessa Ransford
Between Hard Rocks and Savage Winds I TryVittoria Colonna
RowingAnne Sexton
The SwimmerSharon Olds
A Game of BallMuriel Rukeyser