Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
4.1/5 (245 ratings)
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.
Language
English
Pages
200
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Columbia University Press
Release
January 06, 1997
ISBN
0231105177
ISBN 13
9780231105170

Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
4.1/5 (245 ratings)
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.
Language
English
Pages
200
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Columbia University Press
Release
January 06, 1997
ISBN
0231105177
ISBN 13
9780231105170