Narrative Prosthesis Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse
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Description: Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse develops a narrative theory of the pervasive use of disability as a device of characterization in literature and film. It argues that, while other marginalized identities have suffered cultural exclusion due to a dearth of images reflecting their experience, the marginality of disabled people has occurred in the midst of the perpetual circulation of images of disability in print and visual media. The manuscript's six chapters offer comparative readings of key texts in the history of disability representation, including the tin soldier and lame Oedipus, Montaigne's "infinities of forms" and Nietzsche's "higher men," the performance history of Shakespeare's Richard III, Melville's Captain Ahab, the small town grotesques of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and Katherine Dunn's self-induced freaks in Geek Love. David T. Mitchell is Associate Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies, Northern Michigan University. Sharon L. Snyder is Assistant Professor of Film and Literature, Northern Michigan University.
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Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 1/9/2001
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Preface: Mapping Identity: Disability and Other "Marked" Bodies|
|Introduction: Disability as Narrative Supplement|
|Representation and Its Discontents: The Uneasy Home of Disability in Literature and Film|
|Narrative Prosthesis and the Materiality of Metaphor|
|Montaigne's "Infinities of Formes" and Nietzsche's "Higher Men"|
|Performing Deformity: The Making and Unmaking of Richard III|
|The Language of Prosthesis in Moby-Dick|
|Modernist Freaks and Postmodern Geeks: Literary Contortions of the Disabled Body|
|Afterword: "The first child born into the world was born deformed": Disability Representations in These Times|