Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities / Edition 1

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Images of disability pervade language and literature, yet disability is, as sex was in the Victorian world, the ubiquitous unspoken topic in today's culture. The twenty-five essays in Disability Studies provide perspectives on disabled people and on disability in the humanities, art, the media, medicine, psychology, the academy, and society. Edited and introduced by Sharon L. Snyder, Brenda Jo Brueggemann, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson and containing an afterword by Michael B rub (author of Life As We Know It), the volume is rich
• in its cast of characters (including Oliver Sacks, Dr. Kevorkian, Samuel Johnson, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Nero Wolfe)
• in its powerful, authentic accounts of disabled conditions (deafness, blindness, MS, cancer, the absence of limbs)
• in its different settings (ancient Greece, medieval Spain, Nazi Germany, modern America)
• and in its mix of the intellectual and the emotional, of subtle theory and plainspoken autobiography. Included with each book is a CD containing ASCII, BRF, DAISY 2.02 compliant Digital Talking Book (DTB), and ICADD-22 versions of the text for persons with a print disability.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873529815
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 899,364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Integrating Disability into Teaching and Scholarship 1
Narrative Prosthesis and the Materiality of Metaphor 15
The Visible Cripple (Scars and Other Disfiguring Displays Included) 31
Tender Organs, Narcissism, and Identity Politics 40
The Politics of Staring: Visual Rhetorics of Disability in Popular Photography 56
Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance 76
Compulsory Able-Bodiedness and Queer/Disabled Existence 88
Bodies of Difference: Politics, Disability, and Representation 100
Signifying Bodies: Life Writing and Disability Studies 109
Oliver Sacks and the Medical Case Narrative 118
The Autobiography of the Aching Body in Teresa de Cartagena's Arboleda de los enfermos 131
Reconstructing the Posthuman Feminist Body Twenty Years after Audre Lorde's Cancer Journals 144
Sex and Death and the Crippled Body: A Meditation 156
Infinities of Forms: Disability Figures in Artistic Traditions 173
Exemplary Aberration: Samuel Johnson and the English Canon 197
Bulwer's Speaking Hands: Deafness and Rhetoric 211
The Twin Structure: Disabled Women in Victorian Courtship Plots 222
Exploring the "Hearing Line": Deafness, Laughter, and Mark Twain 234
"How Dare a Sick Man or an Obedient Man Write Poems?" Whitman and the Dis-ease of the Perfect Body 248
"No Friend of the Third Reich": Disability as the Basis for Antifascist Resistance in Arnold Zweig's Das Beil von Wandsbek 260
The Fat Detective: Obesity and Disability 271
Disabilities, Bodies, Voices 283
Constructing a Third Space: Disability Studies, the Teaching of English, and Institutional Transformation 296
Disabled Students Come Out: Questions without Answers 308
An Enabling Pedagogy 317
Afterword: If I Should Live So Long 337
Notes on Contributors 345
Works Cited 351
Index 373
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