Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability / Edition 1

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Overview

Crip Theory attends to the contemporary cultures of disability and queerness that are coming out all over. Both disability studies and queer theory are centrally concerned with how bodies, pleasures, and identities are represented as “normal” or as abject, but Crip Theory is the first book to analyze thoroughly the ways in which these interdisciplinary fields inform each other.

Drawing on feminist theory, African American and Latino/a cultural theories, composition studies, film and television studies, and theories of globalization and counter-globalization, Robert McRuer articulates the central concerns of crip theory and considers how such a critical perspective might impact cultural and historical inquiry in the humanities. Crip Theory puts forward readings of the Sharon Kowalski story, the performance art of Bob Flanagan, and the journals of Gary Fisher, as well as critiques of the domesticated queerness and disability marketed by the Millennium March, or Bravo TV’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. McRuer examines how dominant and marginal bodily and sexual identities are composed, and considers the vibrant ways that disability and queerness unsettle and re-write those identities in order to insist that another world is possible.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Engaging, expansive, and generous.”
-Sex Roles

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“This well-annotated text invites the uninitiated reader to become involved, to reimagine previously held perceptions of what may be considered 'otherness,' to welcome disabilities, to access collectively other worlds and future possibilities.”
-Journal of American Studies

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“The members of the Committee were especially impressed by McRuer’s original intervention in the area of queer studies, one that not only sheds light on the important new area of disability studies, but brings it into conversation with a variety of disciplinary perspectives, from composition studies to performance art. McRuer’s book combines the public and the private work of queer studies in surprisingly new ways.”

-Ed Madden,Gay and Lesbian Caucus for the MLA

“McRuer charts new intersections for disability studies, queer studies, and American studies. His work is [at its] most vertiginous and rich . . . as he moves swiftly from cinema to street gangs to coming out Crip.”
-American Quarterly

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“A wonderful combination of humor, theory, intellectual, and personal insights . . . A valuable and well-written study.”
-Disability Studies Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814757130
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Series: Cultural Front Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 301
  • Sales rank: 784,644
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert McRuer is an associate professor of English at The George Washington University. He is the author of The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities (also available from NYU Press) and co-editor, with Abby L. Wilkerson, of Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies, a special issue of GLQ.

Michael Bérubé is Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University, and the author of several books, including What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts, The Employment of English, and Life As We Know It, which was a New York Times notable book and NPR book of the year. He is general editor of NYU Press’s Cultural Front series, has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers, and writes a popular blog, American Airspace, at michaelberube.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword : another word is possible
Introduction : compulsory able-bodiedness and queer/disabled existence 1
1 Coming out crip : Malibu is burning 33
2 Capitalism and disabled identity : Sharon Kowalski, interdependency, and queer domesticity 77
3 Noncompliance : The transformation, Gary Fisher, and the limits of rehabilitation 103
4 Composing queerness and disability : the corporate university and alternative corporealities 146
5 Crip eye for the normate guy : queer theory, Bob Flanagan, and the disciplining of disability studies 171
Epilogue : specters of disability 199
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