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Artistic Impressions: Figure Skating, Masculinity, and the Limits of Sport Paperback – February 19, 2011
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‘Artistic Impressions is an important book and a long-overdue contribution to the history of figure skating.’(Paul J. DeLoca Journal of Sport History; vol 40:02: 2013)
'It was the movement to music that first drew me to figure skating, and it is still that aspect which fascinates me today. But like all young male figure skaters, I had to endure the social taboo of participating in the sport. I enjoyed reading Mary Louise Adams' remarkable book about the history of our sport. I was intrigued by how gender differences affected the direction of figure skating from the time of Sonia Henie to the present.' (Louis Stong, Skate Canada Hall of Famer and consultant; coach of World Champions Barbara Underhill, Paul Martini, and Kurt Browning)
This book offers an excellent history of the sport with respect to gender Artistic Impressions should be a required reading for anyone involved in the marketing and development of figure skating. (Melanie Hoyt International Figure Skating Magazine; August 2011)
‘It is full of fascinating detail….I learned a great deal and was impressed at how engagingly Adams explained some of the specificities of the transition from a set of sporting activities being embedded in masculinity to one so strongly inflected with femininity… Adams succeeds in putting figure skating onto the agenda of the history of sport.’ (Kath Woodword Sport in History, vol 32:01:2012)
‘Mary Louise Adams offers a thoughtful and complex discussion about sport, gender, and sexuality. …Artistic Impressions is an excellent fusion of historical research and sociological analysis.’ (Douglas A Brown Sociology of Sport Journal, vol 29:01:2012)