Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities

  • Editors: Sharon L. Snyder, Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
  • Pages: xiii & 386 pp.
  • Published: 2002
  • ISBN: 9780873529808 (Cloth)
  • ISBN: 9780873529815 (Paperback)
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“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

“An exemplary introduction to the politics and the pedagogy of disability studies.”

—Arthur W. Frank, author of The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics

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.

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.