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Culture on ice : figure skating & cultural meaning

Author: Ellyn Kestnbaum
Publisher: Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The first in-depth, critical look at figure skating.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ellyn Kestnbaum
ISBN: 081956642X 9780819566423 0819566411 9780819566416
OCLC Number: 51607234
Description: xvi, 357 pages : illustrations ; 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 --
Conclusion --
Appendix. The technical basis of figure skating.
Responsibility: Ellyn Kestnbaum.

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