Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature / Edition 1

Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature / Edition 1

by Rosemarie Garland Thomson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231105177

ISBN-13: 9780231105170

Pub. Date: 12/30/1996

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231105170
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/30/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
987,772
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsPart 1. Politicizing Bodily Differences1. Disability, Identity, and Representation: An Introduction2. Theorizing DisabilityPart 2. Constructing Disabled Figures: Cultural and Literary Sites3. The Cultural Work of American Freak Shows, 1835-19404. Benevolent Maternalism and the Disabled Women in Stowe, Davis and Phelps5. Disabled Women as Powerful Women in Petry, Morrison, and LordeConclusion: From Pathology to IdentityNotesBibliographyIndex

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