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Concerto for the Left Hand Disability and the Defamiliar Body

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ISBN-10: 0472050338

ISBN-13: 9780472050338

Edition: 2008

Authors: Michael Davidson

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"Professor Davidson---an accomplished literary critic---offers a focused and balanced analysis of poetry, film, and the arts honed with his excellent knowledge of the latest advances in disability studies. He is brilliant at reading texts in a sophisticated and aesthetically pleasurable way, makingConcerto for the Left Handone of the smartest books to date in disability studies." ---Lennard Davis, University of Illinois, Chicago Concerto for the Left Handis at the cutting edge of the expanding field of disability studies, offering a wide range of essays that investigate the impact of disability across various art forms---including literature, performance, photography, and film. Rather than simply focusing on the ways in which disabled persons are portrayed, Davidson explores how the experience of disability shapes the work of artists and why disability serves as a vital lens through which to interpret modern culture. Covering an eclectic range of topics---from the phantom missing limb in film noir to the sale of limbs on the global market to the poetry of American Sign Language---this collection delivers a unique and engaging assessment of the interplay between disability and aesthetics. Written in a fluid, accessible style,Concerto for the Left Handwill appeal to both specialists and general audiences. With its interdisciplinary approach, this book should appeal not only to scholars of disability studies but to all those working in minority art, deaf studies, visual culture, and modernism. Michael Davidson is Professor of American Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His other books includeGuys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War PoeticsandGhostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material World.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 6/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902

Poet and scholar MICHAEL DAVIDSON is Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body.

Prelude: The Pool
Introduction: Concerto for the Left Hand
Strange Blood: Hemophobia and the Unexplored Boundaries of Queer Nation
Phantom Limbs: Film Noir's Volatile Bodies
Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance
Tree Tangled in Tree: Resiting Poetry through ASL
Missing Larry: The Poetics of Disability in Larry Eigner
Nostalgia for Light: Being Blind at the Museum
Universal Design: The Work of Disability in an Age of Globalization
Organs without Bodies: Transplant Narratives in the Global Market
Afterword: Disability and the Defamiliar Body
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