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Blind Narrations and Artistic Subjectivities
Corporeal Refractions

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ISBN 9781032047614
June 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
288 Pages

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Book Description

Blind Narrations and Artistic Subjectivities: Corporeal Refractions makes an important contribution to the field of blindness studies by highlighting the centrality of blindness in literary compositions. It presents a critical interpretation of selected prose writings by three blind authors: Argentine poet and essayist Jorge Luis Borges; Australian religious educator and diarist John M. Hull; and the American memoirist and poet Stephen Kuusisto. The volume discusses themes like

  • theorizing the corporeality of writing
  • aesthetic turn to the experience of blindness
  • altered sensation and self-understanding
  • lived experience of growing blind
  • self-knowledge through interaction with the world
  • artistic subjectivity, narrative choices, and the implied author

This book will be useful for scholars and researchers of blindness studies, disability studies, arts and aesthetics, literature, cultural studies, and philosophy.

Table of Contents



Introduction 1: Theorising The Corporeality Of Writing

Chapter 2: Blindness in Borges’s Fictions  

Chapter 3: Altered Sensation And Self-understanding In Borges’s Fictions

Chapter 4: The Everyday Experience Of Growing Blind: The Narrative Subjectivity of Hull

Chapter 5: Self-Knowledge Through Interaction With The world

Chapter 6: The Poetical Subjectivity Of Kuusisto

Chapter 7: The Narrative Dialectic of Silences and Articulations in the Memoirs of Kuusisto

Chapter 8: Artistic Subjectivity, Narrative Choices, And The Author: Their Relation As A Function Of Bodily Being


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Dr Aravinda Bhat is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India. He holds a PhD in English literature from The English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India. He teaches European literatures in translation, intellectual history of Europe, research practices, critical thinking, creative writing, and German. His research interests include literature by blind and visually impaired authors, Disability Studies, philosophy and the novel. Through his work, he indulges his love of books.