Extraordinary Bodies

Extraordinary Bodies

by Rosemarie Garland Thomson
     
 

Inaugurates a new field of disability studies by framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, revising oppressive narratives and revealing liberatory ones. The book examines disabled figures in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, in African-American novels by Toni

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Inaugurates a new field of disability studies by framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, revising oppressive narratives and revealing liberatory ones. The book examines disabled figures in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, in African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde, and in the popular cultural ritual of the freak show.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A well-written and provocative beginning to a conversation about disability that is long overdue among scholars in literary and cultural studies.

Sander L. Gilman
Provides complex answers to the puzzle of American images of disabilities from the nineteenth century to the present. This is a solid, useful book which all readers interested in the relationship between society and culture must read.
Booknews
Drawing on her training as a literary critic and her personal experience as a person with a body different from the norm, Thomson investigates how representation attaches meanings to bodies, dropping into the deconstructionist discourse on race, gender, and sexuality, such characterizations as the cripple, the invalid, and the freak. She explores the politicizing of bodily differences; cultural and literary sites for constructing disable figures; benevolent maternalism and the disabled women in Stowe, Davis, and Phelps; and disabled women as powerful women in Petry, Morrison, and Lorde. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231105163
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Lexile:
1680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Sander L. Gilman
Provides complex answers to the puzzle of American images of disabilities from the nineteenth century to the present. This is a solid, useful book which all readers interested in the relationship between society and culture must read.

Meet the Author

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of English at Emory University, where her fields of study are disability studies, American literature and culture, feminist theory, and bioethics. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities, broadly understood, to bring forward disability access, inclusion and identity to communities inside and outside of the academy. She is the author of Staring: How We Look and the editor of Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body.

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