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Disability in science fiction : representations of technology as cure

Author: Kathryn Allan
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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In science fiction, technology often modifies, supports, and attempts to 'make normal' the disabled body. In this groundbreaking collection, twelve international scholars -- with backgrounds in disability studies, English and world literature, classics, and history -- discuss the representation of dis/ability, medical 'cures, ' technology, and the body in science fiction. Bringing together the fields of disability  Read more...
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Disability in science fiction
(DLC) 2013006429
(OCoLC)833380957
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Allan
ISBN: 9781137343437 1137343435 1299951147 9781299951143
OCLC Number: 859338629
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 217 pages)
Contents: Introduction: Reading Disability in Science Fiction; Kathryn Allan --
PART I: THEORIZING DISABILITY IN SCIENCE FICTION --
1. Tools to Help You Think: Intersections between Disability Studies and the Writings of Samuel R. Delany; Joanne Woiak and Hioni Karamanos --
2. The Metamorphic Body in Science Fiction: From Prosthetic Correction to Utopian Enhancement; Ant̤nio Fernando Cascais --
3. Freaks and Extraordinary Bodies: Disability as Generic Marker in John Varley's "Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo;" Ria Cheyne --
4. The Many Voices of Charlie Gordon: On the Representation of Intellectual Disability in Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon; Howard Sklar --
PART II: HUMAN BOUNDARIES AND PROSTHETIC BODIES --
5. Prosthetic Bodies: The Convergence of Disability, Technology and Capital in Peter Watts' Blindsight and Ian McDonald's River of Gods; Netty Matar --
6. The Bionic Woman: Machine or Human?; Donna Binns --
7. Star Wars, Limb-loss, and What it Means to be Human; Ralph Covino --
8. Animal and Alien Bodies as Prostheses: Reframing Disability in Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon; Leigha McReynolds --
PART III: CURE NARRATIVES FOR THE (POST)HUMAN FUTURE --
9. "Great Clumsy Dinosaurs": The Disabled Body in the Posthuman World; Brent Walter Cline --
10. Disabled Hero, Sick Society: Sophocles' Philoctetes and Robert Silverberg's The Man in the Maze; Robert W. Cape, Jr. --
11. "Everything is always changing": Autism, Normalcy, and Progress in Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark and Nancy Fulda's "Movement;" Christy Tidwell --
12. Life without Hope? Huntington's Disease and Genetic Futurity; Gerry Canavan.
Responsibility: edited by Kathryn Allan.

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