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Corporealities: Discourses of Disability (Series)

Corporealities: Discourses of Disability promotes a broad range of scholarly work analyzing the cultural and representational meanings of disability. Definitions of disability underpin fundamental concepts such as normalcy, health, bodily integrity, individuality, citizenship, and morality—all terms that define the essence of what it means to be human. Yet, disabilities have been traditionally treated as conditions in need of medical intervention and correction. Rarely has disability been approached as a constructed category forwarded by social institutions seeking to legislate the slippery line that exists between normative biologies and deviant bodies. In addition to identifying the social phantasms that have been projected upon disabled subjects in history, the series aims to theorize the shifting coordinates of disabled identities.
Although cultural discourses have long relied on images of disability, professional vocabularies and methodologies have historically avoided analyses that attend to the meanings ascribed to disabled populations. Corporealities participates in ongoing scholarly efforts to conceive of a more humane constellation of narratives about physical and cognitive difference.
The series seeks work that will expand the interpretive options for theorizing disability in the humanities. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the social construction of disability: textual representations of people with disabilities in history; the relationship between narrative forms and bodily differences; disciplinary dependencies upon disabled people and definitions of aberrancy; linguistic studies of disability terminology; disability studies and methodologies; aesthetics and bodily variation; genre studies and disability "types"; theorizations of technology and disability; historical modes of institutionalization, segregation, and assimilation; the disruptive presence of disability in discourse; biological norms and the designation of deviance; bodily difference and theories of materiality; disability subjectivity and essentialism; disability and performance; disability in literature and medicine; the relationship of disability to philosophical systems of thought; "final" solutions and "cure" narratives.

Series Editors
David T. Mitchell
Sharon L. Snyder
Editorial Board
Lennard Davis
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Sander Gilman
Fiona Kumari Campbell
Susan Stryker
Tanya Titchkosky
Karen Nakamura
Susan Antebi
Encarnación Juárez-Almendros

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Down Syndrome Culture

Life Writing, Documentary, and Fiction Film in Iberian and Latin American Contexts

Looking at Down syndrome representation from a global perspective

The Disabled Child

Memoirs of a Normal Future

How "special needs" parental memoirs contribute to neoliberal and ableist ideologies

Blind in Early Modern Japan

Disability, Medicine, and Identity

A history of the blind in Japan that challenges contemporary notions of disability

Cheap Talk

Disability and the Politics of Communication

How speech has been made cheap to meet the inhuman appetites of capital

Diaphanous Bodies

Ability, Disability, and Modernist Irish Literature

Analyzing the invisible abled body through the work of Joyce, Beckett, Egerton, and Bowen

Embodied Archive

Disability in Post-Revolutionary Mexican Cultural Production

Disability and racial difference in Mexico’s early post-revolutionary period

A History of Disability

with a new foreword by David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder

A bold analysis of the evolution of Western attitudes toward disability

A History of Disability

with a new foreword by David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder

A bold analysis of the evolution of Western attitudes toward disability

Blindness Through the Looking Glass

The Performance of Blindness, Gender, and the Sensory Body

Challenges visuality as the dominant mode through which we understand gender, social performance, and visual culture


The Crippest Place on Earth

Spotlights the heroes and heroines with disabilities in young people’s literature as it also imagines an ideal society for youngsters with disabilities

Vitality Politics

Health, Debility, and the Limits of Black Emancipation

Traces the post-Reconstruction roots of the slow violence enacted on black people in the U.S. through the politicization of biological health

The Matter of Disability

Biopolitics, Materiality, Crip Affect

Breaks new ground by exploring the limits and transformations of the social model of disability

The Matter of Disability

Materiality, Biopolitics, Crip Affect

Breaks new ground by exploring the limits and transformations of the social model of disability

Monstrous Kinds

Body, Space, and Narrative in Renaissance Representations of Disability

Elucidates how Renaissance writers used monstrosity to imagine what we now call disability

Autistic Disturbances

Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe

Finds and investigates the resonances between autistic speech patterns and literary texts

Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability

Addresses misrepresentations of Foucault’s work within feminist philosophy and disability studies, offering a new feminist philosophy of disability

Academic Ableism

Disability and Higher Education

Places notions of disability at the center of higher education and argues that inclusiveness allows for a better education for everyone

Negotiating Disability

Disclosure and Higher Education

Thought-provoking essays that explore how disability is named, identified, claimed, and negotiated in higher education settings

Portraits of Violence

War and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement

Investigates the artistic, medical, and journalistic responses to facial injury in WWI

Bodies of Modernism

Physical Disability in Transatlantic Modernist Literature

Reveals the links, both positive and negative, between disabled bodies and aspects of modernism and modernity through readings of a wide range of literary texts

War on Autism

On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence

Challenges the discourses of autism awareness campaigns for the “logic of violence” they often conceal

The Biopolitics of Disability

Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment

Theorizing the role of disabled subjects in global consumer culture and the emergence of alternative crip/queer subjectivities in film, fiction, media, and art