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Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities

Editor(s): Sharon L. Snyder, Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Pages: xiii & 386 pp.
Published: 2002
ISBN: 9780873529815

"A superb reference source for those interested in exploring the field of disability studies, this volume brings together seminal essays by leading scholars in the area. . . . Essential."
D. J. Winchester
Yeshiva University

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. Winner, 2003 Choice Outstanding Book Award

"An exemplary introduction to the politics and the pedagogy of disability studies."
Arthur W. Frank, author of The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

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 Bérubé (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.

Table of Contents

Disability Studies

Introduction: Integrating Disability into Teaching and Scholarship

Enabling Theory

Narrative Prosthesis and the Materiality of Metaphor
David T. Mitchell

The Visible Cripple (Scars and Other Disfiguring Displays Included)
Mark Jeffreys

Tender Organs, Narcissism, and Identity Politics
Tobin Siebers

The Politics of Staring: Visual Rhetorics of Disability in Popular Photography
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance
Michael Davidson

Compulsory Able-Bodiedness and Queer/Disabled Existence
Robert McRuer

Bodies of Difference: Politics, Disability, and Representation
Lennard J. Davis

Autobiographical Subjects

Signifying Bodies: Life Writing and Disability Studies
G. Thomas Couser

Oliver Sacks and the Medical Case Narrative
Leonard Cassuto

The Autobiography of the Aching Body in Teresa de Cartagena's Arboleda de los enfermos
Encarnacion Juarez

Reconstructing the Posthuman Feminist Body Twenty Years after Audre Lorde's Cancer Journals
Diane Price Herndl

Sex and Death and the Crippled Body: A Meditation
Nancy Mairs

Rehabilitating Representation

Infinities of Forms: Disability Figures in Artistic Traditions
Sharon L. Snyder

Exemplary Aberration: Samuel Johnson and the English Canon
Helen Deutsch

Bulwer's Speaking Hands: Deafness and Rhetoric
Jennifer L. Nelson

The Twin Structure: Disabled Women in Victorian Courtship Plots
Martha Stoddard Holmes

Exploring the "Hearing Line": Deafness, Laughter, and Mark Twain
Christopher Krentz

"How Dare a Sick Man or an Obedient Man Write Poems?": Whitman and the Dis-ease of the Perfect Body
Robert J. Scholnick

"No Friend of the Third Reich": Disability as the Basis for Antifascist Resistance in Arnold Zweig's Das Beil von Wandsbek
Carol Poore

The Fat Detective: Obesity and Disability
Sander L. Gilman

Enabling Pedagogy

Disabilities, Bodies, Voices
Jim Swan

Constructing a Third Space: Disability Studies, the Teaching of English, and Institutional Transformation
James C. Wilson and Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson

Disabled Students Come Out: Questions without Answers
Georgina Kleege

An Enabling Pedagogy
Brenda Jo Brueggemann

Afterword: If I Should Live So Long
Michael Bérubé

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