Bending Over Backwards: Essays on Disability and the Body

Bending Over Backwards: Essays on Disability and the Body

by Lennard J. Davis, Michael Berube
     
 

ISBN-10: 081471949X

ISBN-13: 9780814719497

Pub. Date: 09/01/2002

Publisher: New York University Press

"Lennard Davis is history in the making; for he is one of the foremost proponents of "disability studies," the newest theoretical kid on the block, noteworthy in part because it brings together scholars from the humanities and the medical sciences."

—Stanley Fish, in Chicago Tribune

With the advent of the human genome, cloning, stem-cell research and

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"Lennard Davis is history in the making; for he is one of the foremost proponents of "disability studies," the newest theoretical kid on the block, noteworthy in part because it brings together scholars from the humanities and the medical sciences."

—Stanley Fish, in Chicago Tribune

With the advent of the human genome, cloning, stem-cell research and many other developments in the way we think of the body, disability studies provides an entirely new way of thinking about the body in its relation to politics, the environment, the legal system, and global economies.

Bending Over Backwards reexamines issues concerning the relationship between disability and normality in the light of postmodern theory and political activism. Davis takes up homosexuality, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the legal system, the history of science and medicine, eugenics, and genetics. Throughout, he maintains that disability is the prime category of postmodernity because it redefines the body in relation to concepts of normalcy, which underlie the very foundations of democracy and humanistic ideas about the body.

Bending Over Backwards argues that disability can become the new prism through which postmodernity examines and defines itself, supplanting the categories of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.

Author Biography: Lennard J. Davis is head of the English Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is also Professor of Disability and Human Development. His books include Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness and the Body and The Disability Studies Reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719497
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Series:
Cultural Front Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. THE END OF IDENTITY POLITICS AND THE BEGINNING OF DISMODERNISM

2. CRIPS STRIKE BACK

3. DR. JOHNSON, AMELIA, AND THE DISCOURSE OF DISABILITY

4. CRIMINAL STATEMENTS

5. WHO PUT THE THE IN THE NOVEL?

6. THE RULE OF NORMALCY

7. BENDING OVER BACKWARDS

8. GO TO THE MARGINS OF THE CLASS

9. A VOYAGE OUT (OR IS IT BACK?)

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