Aesthetic Nervousness by Ato Quayson
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Aesthetic Nervousness
By Ato Quayson

Aesthetic Nervousness

Disability and the Crisis of Representation

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Aesthetic Nervousness by Ato Quayson

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Focusing primarily on the work of Samuel Beckett, Toni Morrison, Wole Soyinka, and J. M. Coetzee, Ato Quayson launches a thoroughly cross-cultural, interdisciplinary study of the representation of physical disability. Quayson suggests that the subliminal unease and moral panic invoked by the disabled is refracted within the structures of literature and literary discourse itself, a crisis he terms "aesthetic nervousness." The disabled reminds the able-bodied that the body is provisional and temporary and that normality is wrapped up in certain social frameworks. Quayson expands his argument by turning to Greek and Yoruba writings, African American and postcolonial literature, depictions of deformed characters in early modern England and the plays of Shakespeare, and children's films, among other texts. He considers how disability affects interpersonal relationships and forces the character and the reader to take an ethical standpoint, much like representations of violence, pain, and the sacred. The disabled are also used to represent social suffering, inadvertently obscuring their true hardships.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231139038
ISBN-10: 0231139039
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ato Quayson

Ato Quayson is professor of English and inaugural director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. He taught for ten years on the Faculty of English and was also director of the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cambridge. He has also published widely on African literature, literary theory, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies.

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