Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies

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Desiring Disability
Journal Issue Pages: 352 Volume 9, Number 1-2 Published: 2003 An issue of GLQ
Special Issue Editor: Ellen Samuels
In multiple locations, activists and scholars are mapping the intersections of queer theory and disability studies, moving issues of embodiment and desire to the center of cultural and political analyses. The two fields are premised on the idea that the categories of heterosexual/homosexual and able-bodied/disabled are historically and socially constructed. Desiring Disability: Queer Theory Meets Disability Studies explores how the frameworks for queer theory and disability studies suggest new possibilities for one another, for other identity-based frameworks of activism and scholarship, and for cultural studies in general.

Topics include the study of "crip theory" and queer/disabled performance artists; the historical emergence of normalcy and parallel notions of military fitness that require both the production and the containment of queerness and disability; and butch identity, transgressive sexual practices, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Contributors. Sarah E. Chinn, Eli Clare, Naomi Finkelstein, Catherine Lord, Cris Mayo, Robert McRuer, Todd Ramlow, Jo Rendell, Ellen Samuels, Carrie Sandahl, David Serlin, Patrick White


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1. Introduction–Robert Mcruer and Abby L. Wilkerson

2. Queering The Crip Or Cripping The Queer? Intersections Of Queer And Crip Identities In Solo Autobiographical Performance–Carrie Sandahl

3. Phantom Limbs: Film Noir And The Disabled Body–Michael Davidson

4. As Good As It Gets: Queer Theory And Critical Disability–Robert Mcruer

5. Bad Boys: Abstractions Of Difference And The Politics Of Youth “Deviance”–Todd R. Ramlow

6. Sex Education; Or, How The Blind Became Heterosexual–Patrick White

7. Crippling Masculinity: Queerness And Disability In U.S. Military Culture, 1800–1945–David Serlin

8. Feeling Her Way: Audre Lorde And The Power Of Touch–Sarah E. Chinn

9. A Very Troublesome Doctor: Biomedical Binaries, Worldmaking, And The Poetry Of Rafael Campo–Joanne Rendell

10. My Body, My Closet: Invisible Disability and the Limits of Coming-Out Discourse–Ellen Samuels

11. The GLQ Archive: Gawking, Gaping, Staring–Eli Clare

12. The Summer Of Her Baldness–Catherine Lord

13. The Only Thing You Have To Do Is Live–S. Naomi Finkelstein

14. Book Review: Framing Aids: Policy, Politics, and the Uncertainty of Facts–Cris Mayo

15. About The Contributors

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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6551-8