Cultures of Representation

Disability in World Cinema Contexts

Edited by Benjamin Fraser

Wallflower Press

Cultures of Representation

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Pub Date: March 2016

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Cultures of Representation

Disability in World Cinema Contexts

Edited by Benjamin Fraser

Wallflower Press

Cultures of Representation is the first book to explore the cinematic portrayal of disability in films from across the globe. Contributors explore classic and recent works from Belgium, France, Germany, India, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Senegal, and Spain, along with a pair of globally resonant Anglophone films. Anchored by David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder's coauthored essay on global disability-film festivals, the volume's content spans from 1950 to today, addressing socially disabling forces rendered visible in the representation of physical, developmental, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities. Essays emphasize well-known global figures, directors, and industries – from Temple Grandin to Pedro Almodóvar, from Akira Kurosawa to Bollywood – while also shining a light on films from less frequently studied cultural locations such as those portrayed in the Iranian and Korean New Waves. Whether covering postwar Italy, postcolonial Senegal, or twenty-first century Russia, the essays in this volume will appeal to scholars, undergraduates, and general readers alike.
"Outstanding essays.... Highly recommended. CHOICE
Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Disability Studies, World Cinema and the Cognitive Code of Reality, by Benjamin Fraser
Global In(ter)dependent Disability Cinema: Targeting Ephemeral Domains of Belief and Cultivating Aficionados of the Body, by David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder
'Beyond Forgiveness'? Lee Chang-dong's Oasis (2002) and the Mobilisation of Disability Discourses in the Korean New Wave, by Paul Petrovic
Refusing Chromosomal Pairing: Inclusion, Disabled Masculinity, Sexuality and Intimacy in Yo mama, también (2009), by Michael Gill
Dunce! Duffer! Dimwit!: Dyslexia in Bollywood's Taare Zameen Par (2007), by Sanjukta Ghosh
Landscapes of Children: Picturing Disability in Buñuel's Los olvidados (1950), by Susan Antebi
Fearful Reflections: Representations of Disability in Postwar Dutch Cinema (1973–2011), by Mitzi Waltz
'People Endure': The Function of Autism in Anton's Right Here (2012), by José Alaniz
Displaying Autism: The Thinking and Images of Temple Grandin (2010), by Katherine Lashley
More than the 'Other'? On Four Tendencies Regarding the Representation of Disability in Contemporary German Film (2005–2010), by Petra Anders
The Other Body: Psychiatric Disability and Pedro Almodóvar (1988–2011), by Candace Skibba
On the Road to Normalcy: European Road Movies and Disability (2002–2011), by Anna Grebe
Re-envisioning Italy's 'New Man' in Bella non piangere! (1955), by Jennifer Griffiths
'Get Your Legs Back': Avatar (2009) and the Re-booting of American Individualism, by Susan Flynn
Through the Disability Lens: Revisiting Ousmane Sembène's Xala (1975) and Camp de Thiaroye (1988), by Ken Junior Lipenga
Homes Wretched and Wrecked: Disability as Social Dis-ease in Kurosawa's Dodes'ka-den (1970), by James A. Wren
Leprosy and the Dialectical Body in Forugh Farrokhzad's The House is Black (1964), by Rosa Holman
Index

About the Author

Benjamin Fraser is professor of Hispanic studies at East Carolina University. Among his book publications are Disability Studies and Spanish Culture: Films, Novels, the Comic, and the Public Exhibition and Deaf History and Culture in Spain: A Reader of Primary Documents. He is the executive editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, a senior editor at the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, an associate editor at Hispania, and coeditor of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series.