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Extraordinary bodies : figuring physical disability in American culture and literature

Author: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1997.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
ISBN: 0231105169 9780231105163 0231105177 9780231105170
OCLC Number: 34876215
Description: x, 200 pages : illustrations, portraits, charts ; 24 cm
Contents: The disabled figure in culture --
The disabled figure in literature --
The gap between representation and reality --
An overview and a manifesto --
Feminist theory, the body, and the disabled figure --
Sociocultural analyses of the extraordinary body --
The disabled figure and the ideology of liberal individualism --
The disabled figure and the problem of work --
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 --
The maternal benefactress and her disabled sisters --
The disabled figure as a call for justice : Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's cabin --
Empowering the maternal benefactress --
Benevolent maternalism's flight from the body : Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's cabin --
The female body as liability --
Two opposing scripts of female embodiment : Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the iron mills --
The triumph of the beautiful, disembodied heroine : Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's The silent partner --
Revising black female subjectivity --
The extraordinary woman as powerful woman : Ann Petry's The street --
From the grotesque to the cyborg --
The extraordinary body as the historicized body : Toni Morrison's disabled women --
The extraordinary subject : Audre Lorde's Zami : a new spelling of my name --
The poetics of particularity.
Responsibility: Rosemarie Garland Thomson.

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A well-written and provocative beginning to a conversation about disability that is long overdue among scholars in literary and cultural studies.

 
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