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Extraordinary bodies : figuring physical disability in American culture and literature / Rosemarie Garland Thomson.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: PS374.P44 T49 1997

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    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Thomson, Rosemarie Garland.
    Published
    New York : Columbia University Press, c1997
    Locale
    United States
    Contents
    The cultural work of American freak shows, 1835-1940. The spectacle of the extraordinary body
    Constituting the average man
    Identification and the longing for distinction
    From freak to specimen : "The Hottentot Venus" and "The Ugliest Woman in the World"
    The end of the prodigious body. Benevolent maternalism and the disabled women in Stowe, Davis, and Phelps. The maternal benefactress and her disabled sisters
    The disabled figure as a call for justice : Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's cabin
    Empowering the maternal benefactress
    Benevolent maternalism's flight from the body
    The female body as liability
    Two opposing scripts of female embodiment : Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the iron mills
    The triumph of the beautiful, disembodied heroine : Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's The silent partner. Disabled women as powerful women in Petry, Morrison, and Lorde. Revising Black female subjectivity
    The extraordinary woman as powerful woman : Ann Petry's The street
    From the grotesque to the cyborg
    The extraordinary body as the historicized body : Toni Morrison's disabled women
    The extraordinary subject : Audre Lorde's Zami : a new spelling of my name
    The poetics of particularity.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-189) and index.
    The cultural work of American freak shows, 1835-1940. The spectacle of the extraordinary body -- Constituting the average man -- Identification and the longing for distinction -- From freak to specimen : "The Hottentot Venus" and "The Ugliest Woman in the World" -- The end of the prodigious body.
    Benevolent maternalism and the disabled women in Stowe, Davis, and Phelps. The maternal benefactress and her disabled sisters -- The disabled figure as a call for justice : Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's cabin -- Empowering the maternal benefactress -- Benevolent maternalism's flight from the body -- The female body as liability -- Two opposing scripts of female embodiment : Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the iron mills -- The triumph of the beautiful, disembodied heroine : Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's The silent partner.
    Disabled women as powerful women in Petry, Morrison, and Lorde. Revising Black female subjectivity -- The extraordinary woman as powerful woman : Ann Petry's The street -- From the grotesque to the cyborg -- The extraordinary body as the historicized body : Toni Morrison's disabled women -- The extraordinary subject : Audre Lorde's Zami : a new spelling of my name -- The poetics of particularity.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    0231105169
    0231105177 (paper : acid-free paper)
    Physical Description
    x, 200 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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