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Bodies in Commotion
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A testament to the synergy of two evolving fields. From the study of staged performances to examinations of the performing body in everyday life, this book demonstrates the enormous profitability of moving beyond disability as metaphor. . . . It's a lesson that many of our cultural institutions desperately need to learn. -Martin F. Norden, University of Massachusetts-Amherst This groundbreaking collection imagines disabled bodies as "bodies in commotion"-bodies that dance across artistic and discursive boundaries, challenging our understanding of both disability and performance. In the book's essays, leading critics and artists explore topics that range from theater and dance to multi-media performance art, agit-prop, American Sign Language theater, and wheelchair sports. Bodies in Commotion is the first collection to consider the mutually interpretive qualities of these two emerging fields, producing a dynamic new resource for artists, activists, and scholars.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Disability Studies in Commotion with Performance Studies
  2. pp. 10-12
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  1. Part I: Taxonomies: Disability & Deaf Performances in the Process of Self-Definition
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. Delivering Disability, Willing Speech
  2. pp. 17-29
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  1. Dares to Stares: Disabled Women Performance Artists & the Dynamics of Staring
  2. pp. 30-41
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  1. Performing Deaf Identity: Toward a Continuum of Deaf Performance
  2. pp. 42-55
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  1. Aesthetic Distance & the Fiction of Disability / Jim Ferris
  2. pp. 56-68
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  1. Part II: Disability/Deaf Aesthetics, Audiences, & the Public Sphere
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. Shifting Apollo’s Frame: Challenging the Body Aesthetic in Theater Dance
  2. pp. 73-85
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  1. The National Theatre of the Deaf: Artistic Freedom and Cultural Responsibility in the Use of American Sign Language
  2. pp. 86-94
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  1. Shifting Strengths: The Cyborg Theater of Cathy Weis
  2. pp. 95-108
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  1. Theater without a Hero: The Making of P.H.*reaks: The Hidden History of People with Disabilities
  2. pp. 109-128
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  1. Part III: Rehabilitating the Medical Model
  2. pp. 129-134
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  1. Performing Disability, Problematizing Cure
  2. pp. 135-146
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  1. Bodies, Hysteria, Pain: Staging the Invisible
  2. pp. 147-163
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  1. Performance as Therapy: Spalding Gray’s Autopathographic Monologues
  2. pp. 163-174
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  1. The Facilitation of Learning-Disabled Arts: A Cultural Perspective
  2. pp. 175-189
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  1. Beyond Therapy: “Performance” Work with People Who Have Profound & Multiple Disabilities
  2. pp. 190-201
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  1. Dementia and the Performance of Self
  2. pp. 202-214
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  1. Part IV: Performing Disability in Daily Life
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. Looking Blind: A Revelation of Culture’s Eye
  2. pp. 219-229
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  1. Men in Motion: Disability and the Performance of Masculinity
  2. pp. 230-242
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  1. Disrupting a Disembodied Status Quo: Invisible Theater as Subversive Pedagogy
  2. pp. 243-254
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  1. The Tyranny of Neutral: Disability and Actor Training
  2. pp. 255-268
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  1. Part V: Reading Disability in Dramatic Literature
  2. pp. 269-270
  1. Unfixing Disability in Lord Byron’s The Deformed Transformed
  2. pp. 271-283
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  1. On Medea, Bad Mother of the Greek Drama (Disability, Character, Genopolitics)
  2. pp. 284-301
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  1. Disability’s Invisibility in Joan Schenkar’s Signs of Life and Heather McDonald’s An Almost Holy Picture
  2. pp. 302-318
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  1. Reconsidering Identity Politics, Essentialism, and Dismodernism: An Afterword
  2. pp. 319-326
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 327-332
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 333-339
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