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[book cover] Writing the Body in Motion

Edited by Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp

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May 2018

9781771992282 (Paperback)
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Literature / Sport



About the Book

Sport literature is never just about sport. The genre’s potential to explore the human condition, including aspects of violence, gender, and the body, has sparked the interest of writers, readers, and scholars. Over the last decade, a proliferation of sport literature courses across the continent is evidence of the sophisticated and evolving body of work developing in this area. Writing the Body in Motion offers introductory essays on the most commonly taught Canadian sport literature texts. The contributions sketch the state of current scholarship, highlight recurring themes and patterns, and offer close readings of key works. Organized chronologically by source text, ranging from Shoeless Joe (1982) to Indian Horse (2012), the essays offer a variety of ways to read, consider, teach, and write about sport literature.


About the Editors

Angie Abdou is associate professor of creative writing at Athabasca University and a regular book reviewer for Quill and Quire. She has published one short story collection and four novels. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011, defended by NHL star Georges Laraque. The novel was included on Canadian Literature magazine’s “All-Time Top Ten List of Best Canadian Sport Literature” and topped the CBC Book Club’s list of Top 10 Sport Books.

Jamie Dopp is associate professor of Canadian literature at the University of Victoria, where he has taught a course in hockey and literature for a number of years. His poetry, fiction, reviews, and scholarly articles have appeared in many journals. He has published two collections of poetry and a novel and in 2009, he co-edited a collection of essays with Richard Harrison called Now is the Winter: Thinking about Hockey.



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Angie Abdou

Download1. W. P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe: The Fairy Tale, the Hero’s Quest, and the Magic Realism of Baseball
Fred Mason

Download2. The Myth of Hockey and Identity in Paul Quarrington’s King Leary
Cara Hedley

Download3. Hockey, Humour, and Play in Wayne Johnston’s The Divine Ryans
Jason Blake

Download4. The Poetry of Hockey in Richard Harrison’s Hero of the Play
Paul Martin

Download5. Glaciers, Embodiment, and the Sublime: An Ecocritical Approach to Thomas Wharton’s Icefields
Cory Willard

Download6. Hockey, Zen, and the Art of Bill Gaston’s The Good Body
Jamie Dopp

Download7. The Darkening Path: The Hero-Athlete Reconsidered in Angie Abdou’s The Bone Cage
Gyllian Phillips

โปรแกรมพรีเมียร์ลีกDownload8. “Open the door to the roaring darkness”: The Enigma of Terry Sawchuk in Randall Maggs’s Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems
Paul Martin

โปรแกรมพรีเมียร์ลีกDownload9. From Tank to Deep Water: Myth and History in Samantha Warwick’s Sage Island
Jamie Dopp

Download10. Identity and the Athlete: Alexander MacLeod’s “Miracle Mile”
Laura K. Davis

Download11. Decolonizing the Hockey Novel: Ambivalence and Apotheosis in Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse
Sam McKegney and Trevor J. Phillips