1st Edition

Finding Blindness International Constructions and Deconstructions

Edited By David Bolt Copyright 2023
    204 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume explores blindness as a construct with which we the contributors engage as part of our social existence and/or academic research. Irrespective of eye conditions, or the lack thereof, blindness is an understanding at which we have all come to arrive. On the way to this conceptual point, which is in any case unlikely ever to be fixed, we have passed or visited many formative cultural stations.
    In the terms of autocritical disability studies (i.e. an explicitly embodied development of critical disability studies), these cultural stations include key moments in education and training; the reflective pursuits of philosophy, aesthetics, and cultural theory; literary works such as autobiography, novels, short stories, drama, and poetry; visual texts ranging from photography to postage stamps; technological developments like television, computer applications, and social media; value systems defined by family and/or religion; and the social phenomenon of hate and war. Each chapter in this volume engages with two of these cultural stations; some ostensibly if not profoundly positive or indeed negative and some that contradict each other within and across chapters.
    This book will be of interest to all scholars and students of disability studies, sociology, education, and health.

    Introduction: Cultural Stations of Blindness: From Ignorance to Understandings
    David Bolt

    Part 1: The Directions and Redirections of Education: Critical Spaces and Events

    Chapter One - Affective Possibilities of Everyday Encounters with Blindness
    Leah Burch

    Chapter Two – From PowerPoint to Zoom: Interrogating the Gaze in Teaching at a Small South African University
    Lorenzo Dalvit

    Chapter Three – Blindness as a Social Construct in Cyprus: What Can We Learn from Cultural Events and Artefacts Aiming to Claim Rights, Celebrate, or Prevent Blindness?
    Simoni Symeonidou and Kyriakos Demetriou

    Chapter Four – The Flag, A Rap and The Ethnographer: Looking for ‘Indianness’ within Visual Impairment
    Mahashewta Bhattacharya and Bijendra Singh

    Chapter Five – Blind Student as a Bypassed Reader: Analyzing Blindness in Required Reading for Schools in Poland
    Monika Dubiel

    Part II: The Blind Reading the Blind: Politics and Religion

    Chapter Six – From World War to Social Integration and Beyond: Experiences of Blindness in Twentieth-Century Italy
    Ugo Pavan Dalla Torre

    Chapter Seven – A State of Spiritual Derangement: Blindness in Seventh-Day Adventist Theology, 1860s-1950s
    Talea Anderson

    Chapter Eight – Faith Healing and Blindness Across Cultures: Disability, Religion, and the Scientific Milieu
    Aravinda Bhat

    Chapter Nine – The Acceptance and Transcendence of Blindness: A Collaborative Autoethnography
    Neng Priyanti and Taufiq Effendi

    Chapter Ten – Encountering the Myth, Transforming Utopian Realities of Blindness: Counter Narrative Notes on Intersectional Interdependence and Critical Hermeneutics
    Alexis Padilla

    Chapter Eleven – Crip Gazes: Eye Mutilations and the ‘Biopolitics of Debilitation’ in Lina Meruane and Nicole Kramm
    Carlos Ayram and Marta Pascua Canelo

    Part III: Stage and the Page: Performance, Dramatics, and Literary Representation

    Chapter Twelve – Sighted-Blindness-Consultants and the Ever-Lasting Station of Blindness
    Devon Healey

    Chapter Thirteen – Touching the Rock: Masculinity and Macular Degeneration
    Declan Kavanagh

    Chapter Fourteen – Bringing a Brick to Market: Pedagogical Perspectives on the Discordant Interplay between Critical and Cultural Stations of Blindness
    David Feeney

    Chapter Fifteen – To Boldly Go Where No One (Sighted) has Gone Before: Positive Portrayals of Blindness in Star Trek: TNG and H. G. Wells’s ‘The Country of the Blind’
    Brenda Tyrell

    Chapter Sixteen – Revisiting Ruins of Blindness: A Sketched Out Silhouette
    David Bolt


    David Bolt (Professor) is Personal Chair in Disability Studies and Interdisciplinarity at Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom. He completed his PhD in 2004 at the University of Staffordshire.

    Finding Blindness is an occasion for all of us, for those of us who are blind and for those of us who are not, to get in touch with blindness in new and intriguing ways.

    Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 18.1 (2024)