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Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

 
 
 
 
Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature
Author: Rosemarie Garland Thomson
ISBN 13: 9780231105170
ISBN 10: 231105177
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 1996-04-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
List Price: $29.00
 
 

Inaugurates a new field of disability studies by framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one. The book examines disabled figures in Uncle Tom's Cabin and in African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde as well as in the popular cultural ritual of the freak show.

Sander L. Gilman

Provides complex answers to the puzzle of American images of disabilities from the nineteenth century to the present. This is a solid, useful book which all readers interested in the relationship between society and culture must read.