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That pursuit led to Refereeing Identity. Also continuing to grow is the number of Canadian hockey novels. Buma read some as part of his research for Refereeing Identity , which is a revised and expanded version of his doctoral dissertation for his PhD work at the University of Western Ontario.

Now the word refers to a custom or ritual that can determine inclusion or exclusion, and hockey has functioned that way in Canada. Still, hockey novels, he writes, can contribute in negative ways to what it means to be Canadian.

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A Beginners Strength Training Workout. Goal Celebrations: Please make it stop. Email Print Add to Wishlist. Hockey novels in Canada have emerged and thrived as a popular fiction genre, building on the mythology of Canadian hockey as a rough, testosterone-fuelled bastion of masculinity. However, recent decades have also been a period of uncertainty and change for the game, where players and teams have been exported to the US and traditional gender assumptions in hockey have increasingly been questioned. In Refereeing Identity, Michael Buma examines the ways in which the hockey novel genre attempts to reassure readers that "threatened" traditional Canadian and masculine identities still thrive on the ice.

Refereeing Identity: The Cultural Work of Canadian Hockey Novels

In a period of perceived crisis and flux, hockey novels offer readers the comforting familiarity of earlier times when the game was synonymous with Canada and men were defined by their physical strength. This comprehensive study of Canadian hockey novels draws on history, sport sociology, and literary criticism to challenge assumptions and stereotypes about identity. With the return of the Winnipeg Jets refuelling hockey nationalism and the public debate over hockey violence intensifying, Refereeing Identity is a timely and incisive account of how the game is represented - and misrepresented - in Canadian society.

Holman, editor of Canada's Game: Hockey and Identity "Congratulations and thank-you to Michael Buma for this comprehensive, readable, enthusiastic, and provoking consideration of hockey literature and Canadian identity. As such, the book will be an indispensable tool for anyone teaching hockey literature or anyone teaching Canadian Literature at all Congratulations and thank-you to Michael Buma for this comprehensive, readable, and provoking consideration of hockey literature and Canadian identity.