Extraordinary Bodies is a cornerstone text of disability studies, establishing the field upon its publication in 1997. Framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, the book added depth to oppressive narratives and revealed novel, liberatory ones.
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 to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Preface and Acknowledgments
I. Politicizing Bodily Differences
1. Disability, Identity, and Representation: An Introduction
2. Theorizing Disability
II. 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
What People are Saying About This
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