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NY ANTOLOGI! Coming Down the Mountain: Rethinking the 1972 Summit Series

Coming down the MountainComing Down the Mountain: Rethinking the 1972 Summit Series heter en ny idrottsvetenskaplig antologi, sammanställd av litteraturvetaren och ishockeyskribenten Brian Kennedy. Precis som titel anger har Kennedy samlat ihop ett antal texter som på olika sätt nyanserar den gängse bilden av ishockeyhistoriens kanske viktigaste enskilda händelse: utmanarmötet mellan Kanada och Sovjet, den 2-28 september 1972. Eller för att använda Kennedys egna ord:

 

Forty plus years on, the Summit Series exists for Canadians as a set of what might appear to be uncomplicated facts. It was us versus the big evil other. Our guys banded together despite early setbacks to win. “The Goal” was a never-to-be-forgotten moment of triumph which united a large and politically fractious country. Access to this set of commonplace beliefs is as close as the nearest computer, DVD player or library bookshelf. Maybe it’s as close as the nearest Tim Hortons, where the question “Do you remember September 1972?” is likely to spark recognition, discussion and camaraderie, even amongst those too young to have witnessed it in person or who lived elsewhere at that time.

The present volume exists, in large measure, to ask what else there is to the Summit Series.

 

För egen del bidrar jag med uppsatsen “From Sweden with Love: The Summit Series and the Notion of the Contemporary Canadian Hockey Player in Sweden”. Jag polemiserar där med den utbredda föreställningen att Summit Series innebar det verkliga startskottet för internationell elitishockey. I stället argumenterar jag för tanken att turneringen bättre kan förstås som begynnelsen på NHL:s hegemoni över ishockeyvärlden i stort.

 

Följande bidrag ingår i antologin:

  1. BRIAN KENNEDY, “Introduction: ‘Yeah, I’ve Got That, Too’: What’s Left (Over) from the Summit Series”.
  2. DON MORROW, “Da, Da, Canada, Nyet, Nyet, Soviet: From Hagiography to Reality in the Canada-Soviet 1972 Hockey Series”.
  3. MICHAEL BUMA, “Pluralism and the 1972 Summit series”
  4. RICHARD HARRISON, “Canadian Illiad: The Summit Series s Canadian Epic Poem”
  5. J. ANDREW ROSS, “Watching Weekend: The Summit Series as Discourse on Modernity”
  6. ANDREW C. HOLMAN, “Les Russes et Nous: The Summit Series and the Birth of Hockey Sovereignity in Quebec”.
  7. DARYL LEEWORTHY, “Lions in Winter: The Summit Series, Professionalism and the Renewal of Hockey in 1970s Britain”.
  8. JULIE STEVENS & ANNA H. LATHROP, “Boom or Bust? The Impact of the 1972 Summit Series on the Development of Women’s Hockey in Canada”.
  9. TOBIAS STARK, “From Sweden with Love: The Summit Series and the Notion of the Contemporary Canadian Hockey Player in Sweden”.
  10. ALEXANDER KUBYSHKIN, “Hot Ice during Cold War: Soviet Reflecions on Summit Series 1972”.
  11. IRI CERMAK, “Media Retrospectives of the Summit series”.
  12. JAMIE DOPP, “(Mis)Deeds of Gods and Heroes: Religion and the Suspension of Disbelief in the Smmit Series”.
  13. BRETT KASHMERE, “Lessons from Valery’s Ankle”.
  14. BRIAN KENNEDY, “Unintentional Epic: KEn Dryden’s Struggle with Words and the Myth of Team Canada”.
  15. TIM ELCOMBE, “Reflections on Canadian Moral Nation-Making on the Occasion of the Summit Series’ Seventy-Fifth Anniversary”.
  16. RICHARD LEHMAN, “Do the Young People Still Believe? The Rise and the Shift of Mythic Tradition”.

 

Antologin går att beställa från förlaget, Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. Det går även bra att köpa boken på någon av alla välsorterade internetbokhandlar, såosm exempelvis Bokus.

 

 

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