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 Mil...
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- 3.5i imagine this was mind-blowing when it was published twenty years ago, now i found it a little repetitive. margrit shildrick's later Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self deals with similar issues and questions, but is a bit more radical in its implications i think.
- Originally posted at Tea & TitlesFor those of you who don’t know, I’m doing my Honours next year about disability in YA so this is one of my resources for that. I think this book is very important. I read a reasonable amount of literary criticism for class, and I’ve started reading it for fun lately—I haven’t felt the needed to write down as many notes as I did for anything other than this book. There was a lot that resonated with me as...
- I really found her analysis of literature quite illuminating. I was actually surprised at the amount of space she devotes to some ideas; so, the organization of the book seemed a little haphazard. For a better sample of her writing and disability studies schematic representation see her article in Signs magazine.
- This is a brilliant book. It was one of the first disability studies monographs that I read, and it significantly changed the way that I think about disability, philosophy, and American literature. I would recommend it to anyone.
- So crucial, and so well-done! 3.5/5.
- Pros:-unique, fascinating analysis of American culture through a disability lens-fantastic, thorough explanations of the historical progression of disability in cultureCons:-a bit repetitive- diction can be overly academic at times