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Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance

Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance

by Carrie Sandahl, Philip Auslander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472068911

ISBN-13: 9780472068913

Pub. Date: 06/29/2005

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

"A testament to the synergy of two evolving fields. From the study of staged performances to examinations of the performing body in everyday life, this book demonstrates the enormous profitability of moving beyond disability as metaphor. . . . It's a lesson that many of our cultural institutions desperately need to learn."
-Martin F. Norden, University of

Overview

"A testament to the synergy of two evolving fields. From the study of staged performances to examinations of the performing body in everyday life, this book demonstrates the enormous profitability of moving beyond disability as metaphor. . . . It's a lesson that many of our cultural institutions desperately need to learn."
-Martin F. Norden, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

This groundbreaking collection imagines disabled bodies as "bodies in commotion"-bodies that dance across artistic and discursive boundaries, challenging our understanding of both disability and performance. In the book's essays, leading critics and artists explore topics that range from theater and dance to multi-media performance art, agit-prop, American Sign Language theater, and wheelchair sports. Bodies in Commotion is the first collection to consider the mutually interpretive qualities of these two emerging fields, producing a dynamic new resource for artists, activists, and scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472068913
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
06/29/2005
Series:
Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction Disability Studies in Commotion with Performance Studies CARRIE SANDAHL & PHILIP AUSLANDER....................1
PART I Taxonomies Disability & Deaf Performances in the Process of Self-Definition....................13
Delivering Disability, Willing Speech BRENDA JO BRUEGGEMANN....................17
Dares to Stares Disabled Women Performance Artists & the Dynamics of Staring ROSEMARIE GARLAND THOMSON....................30
Performing Deaf Identity Toward a Continuum of Deaf Performance JESSICA BERSON....................42
Aesthetic Distance & the Fiction of Disability JIM FERRIS....................56
PART II Disability/Deaf Aesthetics, Audiences, & the Public Sphere....................69
Shifting Apollo's Frame Challenging the Body Aesthetic in Theater Dance OWEN SMITH....................73
The National Theatre of the Deaf Artistic Freedom and Cultural Responsibility in the Use of American Sign Language SHANNON BRADFORD....................86
Shifting Strengths The Cyborg Theater of Cathy Weis JENNIFER PARKER-STARBUCK....................95
Theater without a Hero The Making of P.H.*reaks: The Hidden History of People with Disabilities VICTORIA ANN LEWIS....................109
PART III Rehabilitating the Medical Model....................129
Performing Disability, Problematizing Cure JOHNSON CHEU....................135
Bodies, Hysteria, Pain Staging the Invisible PETRA KUPPERS....................147
Performance as Therapy Spalding Gray's Autopathographic Monologues PHILIP AUSLANDER....................163
The Facilitation of Learning-Disabled Arts A Cultural Perspective GILESPERRING....................175
Beyond Therapy "Performance" Work with People Who Have Profound & Multiple Disabilities MELISSA C. NASH....................190
Dementia and the Performance of Self ANNE DAVIS BASTING....................202
PART IV Performing Disability in Daily Life....................215
Looking Blind A Revelation of Culture's Eye TANYA TITCHKOSKY....................219
Men in Motion Disability and the Performance of Masculinity LENORE MANDERSON AND SUSAN PEAKE....................230
Disrupting a Disembodied Status Quo Invisible Theater as Subversive Pedagogy MAUREEN CONNOLLY AND TOM CRAIG....................243
The Tyranny of Neutral Disability and Actor Training CARRIE SANDAHL....................255
PART V Reading Disability in Dramatic Literature....................269
Unfixing Disability in Lord Byron's The Deformed Transformed SHARON L. SNYDER....................271
On Medea, Bad Mother of the Greek Drama (Disability, Character, Genopolitics) MARCY J. EPSTEIN....................284
Disability's Invisibility in Joan Schenkar's Signs of Life and Heather McDonald's An Almost Holy Picture STACY WOLF....................302
Reconsidering Identity Politics, Essentialism, and Dismodernism An Afterword PEGGY PHELAN....................319
Contributors....................327
Index....................333

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