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Extraordinary bodies : figuring physical disability in American culture and literature

Author: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document   Archival Material : English : Twentieth anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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Extraordinary Bodies is a cornerstone text of disability studies, establishing the field upon its publication in 1997. Framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, the book added depth to oppressive narratives and revealed novel, liberatory ones. Through her incisive readings of such texts as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Thomson, Rosemarie Garland.
Extraordinary Bodies : Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature.
La Vergne : Columbia University Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
ISBN: 9780231544771 0231544774
OCLC Number: 1038701039
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Table of Contents ; Preface to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition; Preface and Acknowledgments ; I. Politicizing Bodily Differences; 1. Disability, Identity, and Representation: An Introduction; 2. Theorizing Disability ; Illustrations ; II. Constructing Disabled Figures: Cultural and Literary Sites ; 3. The Cultural Work of American Freak Shows, 1835-1940; 4. Benevolent Maternalism and the Disabled Women in Stowe, Davis, and Phelps ; 5. Disabled Women as Powerful Women in Petry, Morrison, and Lorde ; Conclusion: From Pathology to Identity ; Notes ; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Rosemarie Garland Thomson.

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Extraordinary Bodies is a cornerstone text of disability studies, establishing the field upon its publication in 1997. Framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, the book added depth to oppressive narratives and revealed novel, liberatory ones. Through her incisive readings of such texts as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson exposed the social forces driving representations of disability. She encouraged new ways of looking at texts and their depiction of the body and stretched the li.

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