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Disability and Art History from Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century

ISBN 9780367500474
Published March 29, 2022 by Routledge
300 Pages 5 Color & 76 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume analyzes representations of disability in art from antiquity to the twenty-first century, incorporating disability studies scholarship and art historical research and methodology.

This book brings these two strands together to provide a comprehensive overview of the intersections between these two disciplines. Divided into four parts:

  • Ancient History through the 17th Century: Gods, Dwarfs, and Warriors
  • 17th-Century Spain to the American Civil War: Misfits, Wounded Bodies, and Medical Specimens
  • Modernism, Metaphor and Corporeality
  • Contemporary Art: Crips, Care, and Portraiture

and comprised of 16 chapters focusing on Greek sculpture, ancient Chinese art, Early Italian Renaissance art, the Spanish Golden Age, nineteenth century art in France (Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec) and the US, and contemporary works, it contextualizes understandings of disability historically, as well as in terms of medicine, literature, and visual culture.

This book is required reading for scholars and students of disability studies, art history, sociology, medical humanities and media arts.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Ancient History through the Seventeenth Century: Gods, Dwarfs, and Warriors

1. Hephaestus Represented: a Mêtis-based Inquiry

Sara Newman

2. The Role of Dwarfs in Tang Postmortem Elite Life

Leslie V. Wallace

3. Disability and Poverty at the Brancacci Chapel

Stephanie R. Miller

4. Disability at the Edge of War: Gendered Violence in the Graphic Practice of Urs Graf

Jess Bailey

Part 2: Seventeenth-Century Spain to the American Civil War: Misfits, Wounded Bodies, and Medical Specimens

5. Destierro and Desengaño: The Disabled Body in Golden Age Spanish Portraiture

Colin Sanborn

6. An Inartistic Interest: Civil War Medicine, Disability, and the Art of Thomas Eakins

Jessica A. Cooley

7. Empty Sleeves and Bloody Shirts: Disabled American Civil War Veterans and Presidential Campaigns, 1864–1880

Erin R. Corrales-Diaz

Part 3: Modernism, Metaphor, and Corporeality

8. Deaf Gain: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Early Training with René Princeteau

Alexandra Courtois de Vicose

9. Manet’s Syphilis: Masculinity, Debility, and Adaptation in the 1880s

Allison Leigh

10. Facially Disfigured Veterans of World War I in Present-day Art: An Art Historical Analysis Against the Background of Medical History

Anne Marno

11. Disability Metaphor and American Individualism: Beyond the Glass Menagerie

Timothy W. Hiles

12. "Building the World of Tomorrow": Disability, Eugenics, and Sculpture at the 1939 New York World’s Fair

Keri Watson

13. Aesthetics of Disability and the Hybrid Body in Louise Bourgeois’s Femme Maison

Lynn M. Somers

Part 4: Contemporary Art: Crips, Care, and Portraiture

14. Listening to the Queer-crip Body of Derek Jarman’s Blue

Yetta Howard

15. Collaborative Portraiture: A Feminist Disability Studies Approach to the Work of Riva Lehrer and Tanya Raabe-Webber

Lucienne Auz

16. On Carolyn Lazard’s Support System (for Tina, Park, and Bob): An Account

Julia Pelta Feldman

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Ann Millett-Gallant received her PhD in art history in 2005 and serves as Senior Lecturer for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. She designs and teaches interdisciplinary online art history, visual culture, and women’s and disability studies courses. Her research bridges the disciplines of art history and disability studies. She is coeditor, with Elizabeth Howie, of Disability and Art History (Routledge, 2016). She has also published essays and reviews of art and film, and she enjoys painting and composing mixed-media collages.

Elizabeth Howie is Professor of art history at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, USA. She specializes in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on history and theory of photography. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. Publications include "The Dandy Victorian: Yinka Shonibare’s Allegory of Disability and Passing," in Disability and Art History (Routledge, 2016) coedited with Ann Millett-Gallant.