Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

by Rosemarie Garland Thomson

Hardcover(Twentieth Anniversary Edition)

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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: 9780231183161
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Edition description: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Part 1. Politicizing Bodily Differences
1. Disability, Identity, and Representation: An Introduction
2. Theorizing Disability
Part 2. Constructing Disabled Figures: Cultural and Literary Sites
3. The Cultural Work of American Freak Shows, 1835-1940
4. Benevolent Maternalism and the Disabled Women in Stowe, Davis and Phelps
5. Disabled Women as Powerful Women in Petry, Morrison, and Lorde
Conclusion: From Pathology to Identity

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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.

Sander L. Gilman, University of Chicago

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