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Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

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< P> 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 < I> Uncle Tom's Cabin< /I> and Rebecca Harding Davis's < I> Life in the Iron Mills, < /I> in African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde, and in the popular cultural ritual of the freak show.< /P>

Synopsis:

As the first major critical study to examine literary and cultural representations of physical disability, Extraordinary Bodies situates disability as a social construction, shifting it from a property of bodies to a product of cultural rules about what bodies should be or do. Rosemarie Garland Thomson examines disabled figures in sentimental novels such as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde, and the popular cultural ritual of the freak show.

Synopsis:

Inaugurates a new field of disability studies by framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one. The book examines disabled figures in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and in African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde as well as in the popular cultural ritual of the freak show.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-189) and index.

Table of Contents

The cultural work of American freak shows, 1835-1940. The spectacle of the extraordinary body — Constituting the average man — Identification and the longing for distinction — From freak to specimen : "The Hottentot Venus" and "The Ugliest Woman in the World" — The end of the prodigious body.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231105170
Author:
Thomson, Rosemarie Garland
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Author:
Thomson, Rosemarie Garland
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Culture
Subject:
Social perception
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Body image
Subject:
Women in literature
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Physically handicapped
Subject:
Feminism and literature
Subject:
Body, human, in literature
Subject:
Sideshows
Subject:
Feminism and literature -- United States.
Subject:
Physically handicapped in literature.
Subject:
Stereotyping.
Subject:
Disabled.
Subject:
People with disabilities
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
People with disabilities in literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.01x5.98x.54 in. .69 lbs.

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Product details 248 pages Columbia University Press - English 9780231105170 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , As the first major critical study to examine literary and cultural representations of physical disability, Extraordinary Bodies situates disability as a social construction, shifting it from a property of bodies to a product of cultural rules about what bodies should be or do. Rosemarie Garland Thomson examines disabled figures in sentimental novels such as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde, and the popular cultural ritual of the freak show.
"Synopsis" by , Inaugurates a new field of disability studies by framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one. The book examines disabled figures in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and in African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde as well as in the popular cultural ritual of the freak show.
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