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Women On Ice : Feminist Responses to the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle - Cynthia Baughman

Women On Ice

Feminist Responses to the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle

By: Cynthia Baughman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th October 1995
ISBN: 9780415911511
Number Of Pages: 304

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The attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit set the stage for a Winter Olympics spectacle: Tonya Harding versus Nancy Kerrigan. More than the war of genocide in Bosnia and President Clinton's first trip to Europe, more than David Letterman's mother's interview with the First Lady, these two young women were the center of a media frenzy that fascinated and repulsed millions of spectators.
"Women On Ice" collects the writings of a diverse group of feminists who address and question our national obsession with Tonya and Nancy and what this tells us about perceptions of women in twentieth century America. Some of the essays focus on the events themselves--the"hit" on Nancy Kerrigan, a "beautiful young woman from a good family"; the life of struggle for Tonya Harding, "a beer-drinking, pick-up driving working class woman"; and how the attack on Kerrigan pitted the two women against each other, setting the stage for an Olympic showdown. Other essays look at the ways the events were packaged, reported and received. "Women on Ice" explores a number of disturbing issues raised by the Kerrigan/Harding incident: the roles women are expected to uphold in public; the price that is paid for violating our notions of femininity; American fantasies of social class and upward mobility; the role of the family; and the ways in which the media reaffirm stereotypes of gender and culture.
"Women on Ice" is a timely collection that takes on the image of two kinds of women, good and bad, virgin daughter and slut. The contributors' insightful analyses help us to understand the deeper meaning of the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incident and what this tells us about the conditions of femininity and feminism in America.
Contributors: Cynthia Baughman, Stacey D'Erasmo, Zillah Eisenstein, Abigail M. Feder, Jane Feuer, Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, Nicole Gantshar, Marjorie Garber, Laura Jacobs, Ellyn Kestnbaum, Marsha Kinder, Judith Mayne, Helena Michie, Diane Raymond, Lynn Spigel, Samuel J. Stoloff, Jill Swenson, Melanie Thernstrom, Robyn Weigman, Mimi White, Patricia R. Zimmerman, Lynda Zwinger

Industry Reviews

"The soap opera from hell explained with a genderized twist." - A Weekly "The contributors of "Women on Ice, all aficionados of the forever up-and-coming academic discipline of cultural studies, scrutinize the Kerrigan-Harding wars in ways that have nothing to do with sports but everything to do with winners and losers in America." -"IN These Times, Dec.25, 1995 "That these passages constitute bad writing is merely our opinion. It is arguable that anyone wanting to pursue an academic career should assiduously imitate such styles as are represented here. These are your role models." -"Philosophy and Literature ..."most essays in this collection are are as intellectually agile, impudent and occasionally dazzling as one of Surya Bonaly's trademark backflips...There's also a nifty glossary of skating terms in the back of the book that'll be a must-have TV accessory for the next Olympics." -"Newsday, Sun., Nov.19, 1995

Nancy and Tonya and Sonja: The Figure of the Figure Skater in American Entertainmentp. 3
"A Radiant Smile from the Lovely Lady": Overdetermined Femininity in "Ladies" Figure Skatingp. 22
Pure Desirep. 47
What Tonya Harding Means to Me, or Images of Independent Female Power on Icep. 53
Fear of Fallingp. 78
Viktor Petrenko's Mother-in-Lawp. 93
Tonya's Bad Boot, or, Go Figurep. 103
Feminists on Thin Ice: Re-Fusing Dualism in the Narrative of Nancy and Tonyap. 122
The Glass Slipperp. 148
Tales of the Ice Princess and the Trash Queen: Cultural Fictions and the Production of "Women"p. 165
A Skater is Being Beatenp. 182
Cool Medium on Ice: Tonya, Nancy, and TVp. 193
Narrative, Gender, and TV News: Comparing Network and Tabloid Storiesp. 204
An American Tragedyp. 221
Tonya, Nancy, and the Bodily Figuration of Social Classp. 225
Tonya, Nancy, and the Dream Scheme: Nationalizing the 1994 Olympicsp. 241
The Olympics and Post-Cold War Femininities: Tonya and Nancyp. 250
Dreaming of Tonyap. 264
Appendix I: A Glossary of Skating Termsp. 271
Appendix II: Scoring of Singles Figure Skating Competitions (or how Nancy Kerrigan missed winning a gold medal at Lillehammer)p. 279
Contributorsp. 283
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415911511
ISBN-10: 0415911516
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17th October 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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