Points of Contact Disability, Art, and Culture

ISBN-10: 0472067117

ISBN-13: 9780472067114

Edition: 2000

Authors: Susan Crutchfield, Marcy Joy Epstein

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Points of Contact brings together contributions by leading writers, artists, scholars, and critics to provide a remarkably broad and consistently engaging look at the intersection of disability and the arts. The contributions include essays and memoirs by a wide range of disabled and nondisabled writers, including Bell Gale Chevigny, Sandra Gilbert, Joseph Grigely, Georgina Kleege, Victoria Ann Lewis, Carol Poore, Tobin Siebers, and Rosemarie Garland Thomson among others; poetry by Brooke Horvath, Joan Seliger Sidney, William Stafford, and others; fiction by Stephen Dixon, Michael Downs, Georgina Kleege, Dallas Wiebe, and others. The collection covers a broad range of subjects and concerns that lie at the intersection of disability and the arts, including fetal alcohol syndrome, education, and identity; representations of disability in the visual arts and the complicated position of the disabled spectator; the impact of cancer on the patient and the caregiver; the similarities between beauty pageants and freak shows; Alzheimer's disease; prosthetic devices; the mechanized disabled body; disability and performance; and profiles of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, Christopher Reeve, Franklin Roosevelt, and sado-masochistic performance artist Bob Flanagan. Points of Contact: Disability, Art, and Culture was originally published as a special double issue of the well regarded literary magazine, the Michigan Quarterly Review. Now available in a single, convenient paperback volume, its broad range of perspectives on disability and its entertaining and engaging selections will appeal to general readers, scholars, and students alike. Susan Crutchfield is lecturer in English, University of Michigan. Marcy Epstein teaches literature at The Roeper School and women's studies at Henry Ford Community College.
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 4/17/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

My Withered Limb
Postcards to Sophie Calle
Sayings of the Blind
The Blindness of a Rose
The Cicerone at Antietam
"But Roosevelt Could Walk": Envisioning Disability in Germany and the United States
Prosthesis Maker
The Dramaturgy of Disability
The Motor Cart
E-Mail to the Dead
To the Curious People Who Ask, "What Do Your Tremors Feel Like?"
About a Boy
The Thief
At Walden's in Augusta Mall, We Meet the Reader Come Down from the Mountains
Reading The Gingerbread Man with my Daughter
Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAS/FAE)
Letters to Helen
Staring at Yellow and Green (Life and Art and PMS)
Ode to Bob Flanagan
The Beauty and the Freak
Talking about Talking Back: Afterthoughts on the Making of the Disability Documentary Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back
Wheelchair, Or, Marko Takes Life Lying Down
Self-Portrait with 1911 NY Yankees Cap
Waiting for the Operation
Relatively Disabled
Eclipse: A Theater Workshop on Disability, or, Reflections on Ahab's Tribe
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