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ExtraOrdinary Bodies: Reading List

ExtraOrdinary Bodies: Physical Disability in Contemporary Literature and Film, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Clare Barker
c.f.barker@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

PRIMARY TEXTS (in order of study)

Susan Nussbaum, Good Kings Bad Kings (London: Oneworld, 2014)  

Thea Sharrock (dir.), Me Before You (2016)*

José Saramago, Blindness (London: Vintage Classics, 2013 [1997])  

James Cameron (dir.), Avatar (2009)* Available on Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

Katherine Dunn, Geek Love (London: Abacus, 1990 [1989])  

Chloé Zhao (dir.), The Rider (2017)*

Indra Sinha, Animal’s People (London: Pocket Books, 2008)  

Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible (London: Faber & Faber, 2017 [1998])  

 

* No need to purchase film texts; films will be made available to view.

 

WEEKLY SECONDARY READING

Week 2: Lennard J. Davis, ‘Constructing Normalcy’, from Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body (London and New York: Verso, 1995), pp. 23-49  

Week 3: Tom Shakespeare, ‘The Social Model of Disability’, in The Disability Studies Reader, 4th edn, ed. by Lennard J. Davis (New York and London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 214-21 [ebook available via library catalogue]  

Week 4: Harriet McBryde Johnson, ‘Unspeakable Conversations’, The New York Times Magazine, 16 February 2003, https://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/16/magazine/unspeakable-conversations.html  

Week 5: David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder, ‘Narrative Prosthesis and the Materiality of Metaphor’, from Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000), pp. 47-64 [ebook available via library catalogue]    

Week 6: Kathryn Allan, ‘Introduction: Reading Disability in Science Fiction’, in Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure, ed. by Kathryn Allan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 1-14 [ebook available via library catalogue]    

Week 7: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, ‘Introduction: From Wonder to Error – A Genealogy of Freak Discourse in Modernity’, in Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body, ed. by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (New York and London: New York University Press, 1996), pp. 55-66   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Week 8: Alison Kafer and Eunjung Kim, ‘Disability and the Edges of Intersectionality’, in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability, ed. by Clare Barker and Stuart Murray (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 123-38 [ebook available via library catalogue] 

Week 9: Jasbir Puar, ‘The Cost of Getting Better: Ability and Debility’, in The Disability Studies Reader, 4th edn, ed. by Lennard J. Davis (New York and London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 177-84 [ebook available via library catalogue]  

Week 10: Michael Davidson, ‘Universal Design: The Work of Disability in an Age of Globalization’, from Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008), pp. 168-96 [ebook available via library catalogue]     

 

GENERAL READING 

Allan, Kathryn (ed.), Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Barker, Clare, Postcolonial Fiction and Disability: Exceptional Children, Metaphor and Materiality (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)    

Barker, Clare, and Stuart Murray (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Bell, Chris (ed.), Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2011)

Bogdan, Robert, Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1988)

Bolt, David, The Metanarrative of Blindness: A Re-Reading of Twentieth-Century Anglophone Writing (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013)

Campbell, Fiona Kumari, Contours of Ableism: The Production of Disability and Abledness (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Charon, Rita, Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Chemers, Michael, Staging Stigma: An Examination of the American Freak Show (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Cheyne, Ria, Disability, Literature, Genre: Representation and Affect in Contemporary Fiction (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019)

Chivers, Sally, and Nicole Markotic (eds), The Problem Body: Projecting Disability on Film (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2011)

Clare, Eli, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017)

Corker, Mairian, and Tom Shakespeare (eds), Disability/Postmodernity: Embodying Disability Theory (London: Continuum, 2002)

Davidson, Michael, Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008)

Davis, Lennard J., Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body (London: Verso, 1995)

Davis, Lennard J., Bending Over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism, and Other Difficult Positions (New York and London: New York University Press, 2002)      

Davis, Lennard J. (ed.), The Disability Studies Reader, 4th edn (New York and London: Routledge, 2013)

Davis, Lennard J., The End of Normal: Identity in a Biocultural Era (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013)

Dolmage, Jay, Disability Rhetoric (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2014)

Donaldson, Elizabeth J. (ed), Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)    

Donley, Carol C., and Sheryl Buckley (eds), The Tyranny of the Normal: An Anthology (Kent State University Press, 1996)

Dix, Andrew, Beginning Film Studies (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008)

Erevelles, Nirmala, Disability and Difference in Global Contexts (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Ernst, Waltraud (ed.), Histories of the Normal and the Abnormal: Social and Cultural Histories of Norms and Normativity (London and New York: Routledge, 2006)

Fiedler, Leslie, Freaks: Myths and Images of the Secret Self (London: Simon & Schuster, 1978)

Fiedler, Leslie, The Tyranny of the Normal: Essays on Bioethics, Theology and Myth (Boston, MA: David R. Godine, 2008)

Fortun, Kim, Advocacy After Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001)

Frank, Arthur W., The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1995)

Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie, Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997)

Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie (ed.), Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body (New York and London: New York University Press, 1996)       

Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie, Staring: How We Look (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Goodley, Dan, Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (London: Sage, 2011)

Hall, Alice, Literature and Disability (New York and London: Routledge, 2016)

Hall, Kim Q. (ed.), Feminist Disability Studies (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011)

Kafer, Alison, Feminist, Queer, Crip (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013)

Kleinman, Arthur, The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing and the Human Condition (New York: Basic, 1988)

Kuppers, Petra, Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (New York and London: Routledge)

Markotić, Nicole, Disability in Film and Literature (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2016)    

McRuer, Robert, Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (New York and London: New York University Press, 2006)  

McRuer, Robert, Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance (New York: New York University Press, 2018)  

McRuer, Robert, and Anna Mollow (eds), Sex and Disability (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012)

Mitchell, David T., and Sharon L. Snyder (eds), The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997)

Mitchell, David T., and Sharon L. Snyder, Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000)

Mitchell, David T., with Sharon L. Snyder, The Biopolitics of Disability: Neoliberalism, Ablenationalism, and Peripheral Embodiment (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015)  

Monaco, James, How to Read a Film: Movies, Media and Beyond, 4th edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Nixon, Rob, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011)

Obourn, Milo W., Disabled Futures: A Framework for Radical Inclusion (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2020)  

Peacock, James, and Tim Lustig, Diseases and Disorders in Contemporary Fiction: The Syndrome Syndrome (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013)

Price, Margaret, Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011)

Puar, Jasbir K., The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017)

Quayson, Ato, Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007)    

Ray, Sarah Jaquette, The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013)  

Ray, Sarah Jaquette, and Jay Sibara (eds), Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017)  

Russell, Emily, Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative, and the Body Politic (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011)

Ryan, Frances, Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People (London: Verso, 2019)

Ryan, Frances, ‘Introduction’ and ‘Conclusion’ from Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People (London: Verso, 2019), pp. 1-10 and 191-200  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Samuels, Ellen, Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race (New York: New York University Press, 2014)

Sandahl, Carrie, and Philip Auslander (eds), Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005)

Scarry, Elaine, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985)

Schalk, Sami, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction(Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018)

Schalk, Sami, and Jina B. Kim, ‘Integrating Race, Transforming Feminist Disability Studies’, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 46.1 (2020), 31-55

Scully, Jackie Leach, Disability Bioethics: Moral Bodies, Moral Difference (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008)

Shakespeare, Tom, Kath Gillespie-Sells, and Dominic Davies (eds), The Sexual Politics of Disability: Untold Desires (London: Cassell, 1996)

Siebers, Tobin, Disability Theory (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008)

Siebers, Tobin, Disability Aesthetics (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010)

Snyder, Sharon L., Brenda Jo Brueggemann, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (eds), Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2002)

Snyder, Sharon L., and David T. Mitchell, Cultural Locations of Disability (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2006)

Sontag, Susan, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991)

Taylor, Sunaura, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation (New York: The New Press, 2017)

Tremain, Shelley (ed.), Foucault and the Government of Disability (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005)

Villarejo, Amy, Film Studies: The Basics (London and New York: Routledge, 2006)

Watson, Nick, Alan Roulstone and Carol Thomas (eds), Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012)

Wendell, Susan, The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability (New York and London: Routledge, 1996)

  

USEFUL JOURNALS

As well as well-known literary journals such as Contemporary Literature and Modern Fiction Studies, which are likely to contain articles on your set texts, you might find the following journals useful:

Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies

Disability Studies Quarterly

Literature and Medicine

BMJ Medical Humanities

Journal of Medical Humanities

 

This list was last updated on 07/01/2022