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Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature

Rosemarie Garland Thomson

Paper, 248 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-10517-0
$28.00 / £19.50

January, 1997
Cloth, 248 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-10516-3
$85.00 / £58.50

Inaugurates a new field of disability studies by framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, revising oppressive narratives and revealing liberatory ones. The book examines disabled figures in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, in African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde, and in the popular cultural ritual of the freak show.

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About the Author

Rosemarie Garland Thomson is assistant professor of English at Howard University.

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