Crip Theory Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability

ISBN-10: 0814757138
ISBN-13: 9780814757130
Edition: 2006
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Description: View the Table of Contents. Read the Foreword. A wonderful combination of humor, theory, intellectual, and personal insights... A valuable and well-written study. --Disability Studies Quarterly "A compelling case that queer and disabled identities,  More...

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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 301
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.74" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

View the Table of Contents. Read the Foreword. A wonderful combination of humor, theory, intellectual, and personal insights... A valuable and well-written study. --Disability Studies Quarterly "A compelling case that queer and disabled identities, politics, and cultural logics are inexorably intertwined, and that queer and disability theory need one another. Makes clear that no cultural analysis is complete without attention to the politics of bodily ability and alternative corporealities." --Elizabeth Freeman, author of "The Wedding Complex" "Important and significant for its attempt to find the common ground between disability studies and queer studies. This deftly written and very readable book will appeal to a wide range of readers who are increasingly fascinated by the biocultural interplay between the body, sexuality, gender, and social identity." --Lennard Davis, author of "Bending Over Backwards" Crip Theory attends to the contemporary cultures of disability and queerness that are coming out all over. Both disability studies and queer theory are centrally concerned with how bodies, pleasures, and identities are represented as "normal" or as abject, but Crip Theory is the first book to analyze thoroughly the ways in which these interdisciplinary fields inform each other. Drawing on feminist theory, African American and Latino/a cultural theories, composition studies, film and television studies, and theories of globalization and counter-globalization, Robert McRuer articulates the central concerns of crip theory and considers how such a critical perspective might impact cultural and historical inquiry in the humanities. Crip Theory puts forward readingsof the Sharon Kowalski story, the performance art of Bob Flanagan, and the journals of Gary Fisher, as well as critiques of the domesticated queerness and disability marketed by the Millennium March, or Bravo TV's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." McRuer examines how dominant and marginal bodily and sexual identities are composed, and considers the vibrant ways that disability and queerness unsettle and re-write those identities in order to insist that another world is possible.

Robert McRuer is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University. He is the author of The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities (also available from NYU Press) and co-editor, with Abby L. Wilkerson, of Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies, a special issue of GLQ.

Michael B�rub�is Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University, and the author of several books, includingWhat's Liberal about the Liberal Arts,The Employment of English, andLife As We Know It, which was aNew York Timesnotable book and NPR book of the year. He is general editor of NYU Press's Cultural Front series, has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers, and writes a popular blog, American Airspace, at michaelberube.com.

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