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|ISBN:||081956642X 9780819566423 0819566411 9780819566416|
|Description:||xvi, 357 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||pt. 1. Meaning and figure skating. A general theory of meaning ; Skating as a signifying system --
pt. 2. How figure skating and its meanings developed. The beginnings of skating on ice ; Issues in the development of figure skating ; Specularity --
pt. 3. Cultural meanings of ladies' figure skating. Critiques of skating's feminine ideal ; Girls versus ladies --
pt. 4. Masculinity on edge. Figure skating and "real" manhood ; Out of the closet --
pt. 5. Compulsory mating dances. Defining duos ; Gendered meanings in crisis --
pt. 6. Spectatorship. Intimate pleasures : skating fandom --
Appendix. The technical basis of figure skating.
"A brilliant exploration of the fascinating world of figure skating. It includes a detailed history of the sport from its earliest beginnings and delves into its many facets. A superb and thoughtful