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Danish sport literature book reprints Kane chapter

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, professor and director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, has had her research on media, sport and gender reprinted in a forthcoming book on Scandinativen sport literature entitled, Literary tales of sport in Scandinavia: Heroes, memories and identity (edited by Vicki Bjerre and Susan Bandy). Kane's article&emdash;Fictional denials of female empowerment: A feminist analysis of young adult sports fiction&emdash;examines "lone girl" novels in young adult sport fiction and the various ways in which female adolescents engaged in sport are portrayed. Kane found that lone girl novels characterized female protagonists as going against their "true nature" when they engaged in organized, competitive sports, and that when females played team sports the novels' narratives focused more on their heterosexual desire than on their bonds with their female teammates. Kane argues that these results constitute a fictional denial of sport as a site of resistance and empowerment for athletic females.

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