By Michael Davidson
"Professor Davidson---an complete literary critic---offers a targeted and balanced research of poetry, movie, and the humanities honed along with his very good wisdom of the most recent advances in incapacity reviews. he's great at interpreting texts in a cosmopolitan and aesthetically pleasing manner, making Concerto for the Left Hand one of many smartest books up to now in incapacity studies."
---Lennard Davis, collage of Illinois, Chicago
---Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Temple University
Concerto for the Left Hand is on the leading edge of the increasing box of incapacity experiences, supplying a variety of essays that examine the impression of incapacity throughout numerous paintings forms---including literature, functionality, images, and movie. instead of easily concentrating on the ways that disabled people are portrayed, Michael Davidson explores how the event of incapacity shapes the paintings of artists and why incapacity serves as an essential lens by which to interpret sleek tradition. protecting an eclectic variety of topics---from the phantom lacking limb in movie noir to the poetry of yank signal Language---this assortment promises a special and interesting evaluation of the interaction among incapacity and aesthetics.
Written in a fluid, obtainable type, Concerto for the Left Hand will attract either experts and common audiences. With its interdisciplinary strategy, this booklet may still allure not just to students of incapacity experiences yet to all these operating in minority artwork, deaf stories, visible tradition, and modernism.
Michael Davidson is Professor of yank Literature on the collage of California, San Diego. His different books contain Guys Like Us: bringing up Masculinity in chilly struggle Poetics and Ghostlier Demarcations: smooth Poetry and the fabric World.
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Extra info for Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body (Corporealities: Discourses of Disability)
In such cases, female, queer, and racialized bodies challenge categories of normalcy and expose the degree to which bodies are constructed within narratives about deviance, abjection, and differ ence. Given the importance of nontraditional bodies and sensoriums in cultural theory, it is surprising that disability is seldom mentioned within such venues. The reasons for this absence may be related to the impor tance of certain identity categories (race, class, gender, sexuality, and na tionhood) that have been the centerpieces of social movements and that dominate cultural studies and minority discourse.
Some sense of the imbricated relationship between cultural produc tion and disability can be seen in recent controversies over assisted sui cide. The case of Theresa Schiavo, a young Florida woman, who suffered severe neurological damage in 1990 and who remained in a coma for fifteen years, became the site of a culture war between civil libertarians, on the one hand, and an unlikely coalition of religious conservatives and dis ability rights advocates on the other. Similarly, critical response to films such as Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby and Alejandro Amenabar's The Sea Inside has brought issues surrounding euthanasia and medical ethics into conflict with disability activists.
On the other side, critics of the Florida Department of Children and Families that sought to gain cus tody of Schiavo claimed that the neurologist from the Mayo Clinic hired to evaluate her condition was a conservative Christian and therefore could not deliver a disinterested opinion. " She quotes Patricia Williams, who, in The Nation noted that Schiavo's "bulimic aversion to food was extreme enough to induce a massive systemic crisis that left her in what doctors de scribe as a 'persistent vegetative' state" ( 61) .