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

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

by Robert McRuer, Michael Berube
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814757138

ISBN-13: 9780814757130

Pub. Date: 06/01/2006

Publisher: New York University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814757130
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Cultural Front Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
301
Sales rank:
608,882
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword : another word is possible
Introduction : compulsory able-bodiedness and queer/disabled existence1
1Coming out crip : Malibu is burning33
2Capitalism and disabled identity : Sharon Kowalski, interdependency, and queer domesticity77
3Noncompliance : The transformation, Gary Fisher, and the limits of rehabilitation103
4Composing queerness and disability : the corporate university and alternative corporealities146
5Crip eye for the normate guy : queer theory, Bob Flanagan, and the disciplining of disability studies171
Epilogue : specters of disability199

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