Mary Louise Adams

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Mary Louise Adams teaches in the School of Physical and Health Education, Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario. Her research investigates sport as a form of popular culture. Her work draws on feminist theory, cultural studies and historical sociology to explore the ways that sport helps shape contemporary social identities, especially gender and sexual identities (from her homepage).

Adams, Mary Louise. “Almost anything can happen: a search for sexual discourse in the urban spaces of 1940s Toronto.” p.233-250. In Moral regulation and governance in Canada: history, context and critical issues. Edited by Amanda Glasbeek. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2006. KE417.M67 G58 2006

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Adams, Mary Louise. “Sexuality and the postwar domestic revival.” p. 137-155 in Family Patterns, Gender Relations. Edited by Bonnie Fox. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2009 (reprint)


Adams, Mary Louise. “Margin notes: reading lesbianism as obscenity in a cold war courtroom.” p.135-158.

In Love, Hate, and Fear in Canada’s Cold War. Edited by Richard Cavell. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. FC95.4 .L69 2004


Adams, Mary Louise. “Excerpts from The Trouble with Normal: Postwar Youth and the Making of Heterosexuality.” p.90-103.

In Making Normal: Social Regulation in Canada. Edited by Deborah Brock. Toronto: Nelson Thomson Learning, 2003. HM811 .M34 2003

Adams, Mary Louise. “So what’s the problem with wussy sports?” Borderlines. 46 (April 1998): 12-15.

Cover of book The Trouble with Normal


Adams, Mary Louise. The Trouble with Normal : Postwar Youth and the Making of Heterosexuality / Mary Louise Adams. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1997. HQ27 .A32 1997

See review by Blye W. Frank in Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire de l’éducation. 11(2) (Spring/printemps 1999)

Adams, Mary Louise. “To be an ordinary hero: male figure skaters and the ideology of gender.” Avante. 3(3) (1997): 93-110.

Reprinted in Men and masculinities. Edited by T. Haddad. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1993. HQ1090 .M428 1993 p.163-181.

Adams, Mary Louise. “Youth, corruptibility, and English-Canadian postwar campaigns against indecency, 1948-1955.” Journal of the History of Sexuality. 6:1 (July 1995): 89-117. HQ12.A1 J66

Adams, Mary Louise. “Women, AIDS and activism: The ACTUP/NY Women and AIDS Book Group, editors.” Fuse. 15(1/2) (Fall 1991): 41. NX513 .A1F88

Adams, Mary Louise. “Homosexuality, which homosexuality?: international scientific conference on gay and lesbian studies – Amsterdam, December 15-18,1987.” Resources for Feminist Research. 17(2) (June 1988): 57-58. HQ1101 .Z9R47


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