Bending over Backwards by Lennard J. Davis
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Bending over Backwards
By Lennard J. Davis

Bending over Backwards

Essays on Disability and the Body

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Foreword by Michael Berube See other recent books by Michael Berube
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Bending over Backwards by Lennard J. Davis

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With the advent of the human genome, cloning, stem-cell research and many other developments in the way we think of the body, disability studies provides an entirely new way of thinking about the body in its relation to politics, the environment, the legal system, and global economies. Bending Over Backwards reexamines issues concerning the relationship between disability and normality in the light of postmodern theory and political activism. Davis takes up homosexuality, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the legal system, the history of science and medicine, eugenics, and genetics. Throughout, he maintains that disability is the prime category of postmodernity because it redefines the body in relation to concepts of normalcy, which underlie the very foundations of democracy and humanistic ideas about the body. Bending Over Backwards argues that disability can become the new prism through which postmodernity examines and defines itself, supplanting the categories of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814719503
ISBN-10: 0814719503
Format: Paperback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 14mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Lennard J. Davis

Disability Studies Reader by Lennard J. Davis Disability Studies Reader, Hardback (March 2013)

This title breaks new ground by emphasizing the global, transgender, homonational, and posthuman conceptions of disability. Including physical disabilities, but exploring issues around pain, mental disability, and invisible disabilities, this edition explores more varieties of bodily and mental experience.

Obsession by Lennard J. Davis Obsession, Paperback (October 2009)

We live in an age of obsession. But obsession is not only a phenomenon of modern existence: it is a medical category. Beginning with the roots of the disease in demonic possession and its secular successors, this work traces the evolution of obsessive behavior from a social and religious fact of life into a medical and psychiatric problem.

My Sense of Silence by Lennard J. Davis My Sense of Silence, Paperback (June 2008)

A beautifully told and unique recollection of life as the child of immigrant Jews in the Bronx and as the child of deaf parents

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Author Biography - Lennard J. Davis

Lennard J. Davis is head of the English Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is also Professor of Disability and Human Development. His books include Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness and the Body and The Disability Studies Reader. Michael Berube is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State University. In 2012, he served as the President of the Modern Language Association. He is the author of several books, including Employment of English:Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Studies (NYU Press, 1997), The Left at War (NYU Press, 2009), What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?: Classroom Politics and " Bias" in Higher Education (2006), and Life as We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (1996).

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