This volume focuses on popular film, television, and online representations of contested corporealities and contributes to visual culture studies, disability studies, critical pedagogy, and medical humanities. Emphasizing unruly embodiments that transgress and transform, the volume conceptualizes visual culture as a space of query and accountability. In their introduction, the editors underline how spaces of cultural production provide necessary contexts for analyzing the social impact of contested corporealities. Contributors, in turn, offer new perspectives on technologies, disability, and cultural production. Eunjung Kim argues that life-size dolls in contemporary art films show how acts of caring for radically passive bodies can emerge as both erotic and beautiful; Nicole Markotić critiques the prioritizing of death as the most desirable, logical outcome in biopics of disability; and Katherine W. Sweaney's article on the online anatomization of an amnesiac's brain reminds us of the high stakes for medicine and science in the public display of knowledge-making. Working at the intersection of fat and critical race studies, Scott Stoneman discusses the body politics of the film Precious. Katerie Gladdys and Deshae E. Lott reflect on their lyrical installation about life with mechanical ventilation, and Ann Fudge Schormans and Adrienne Chambon examine how image-making by persons with intellectual disabilities can intervene in ableist-defined social space. With attention to queer theory and transnationalism, Michael Gill considers the British web-based RTV program, The Specials, where young men labeled as intellectually disabled fashion their erotic self-understandings as they discuss and appreciate an ensemble of Thai kathoey performers. Concentrating on the global politics of organ transplantation, Donna McCormack critically examines feature films that mediate questions of community, ethics, and mobility. The volume is further enriched by the inclusion of an interview in which Danielle Peers, Melisa Brittain, and Robert McRuer discuss the significance of crip possibilities in art and academia.
This book was originally published as a special issue of The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Pedagogy, Image Practices, and Contested Corporealities Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki 2. The Ends of the Body as Pedagogic Possibility Tanya Titchkosky 3. Why Do Dolls Die? The Power of Passivity and the Embodied Interplay Between Disability and Sex Dolls Eunjung Kim 4. Augmented Spirit/Extreme Embodiment: A Mapped Landscape of Vent Life Katerie Gladdys and Deshae E. Lott 5. The Reworking of Spatial Attribution: People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Micropolitics of Dissensus Ann Fudge Schormans and Adrienne Chambon 6. The Narrator Witness: Dis/Connections Between Disability and Death Nicole Markotić 7. Crip Excess, Art, and Politics: A Conversation with Robert McRuer Danielle Peers, Melisa Brittain, and Robert McRuer 8. The Specials Meet the Lady Boys of Bangkok: Sexual and Gender Transgression and Smashing Intellectual Disability Michael Gill 9. Intimate Borders: The Ethics of Human Organ Transplantation in Contemporary Film Donna McCormack 10. ‘‘The Most Famous Brain in the World’’: Performance and Pedagogy on an Amnesiac’s Brain Katherine W. Sweaney 11. Ending Fat Stigma: Precious, Visual Culture, and Anti-Obesity in the ‘‘Fat Moment’’ Scott Stoneman 12. Afterword: The End of Contested Corporealities Robert McRuer
Sarah Brophy is an Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada. She is the author of Witnessing AIDS: Writing, Testimony, and the Work of Mourning (2004) and of essays in the End of Empire and the English Novel since 1945, Contemporary Women’s Writing, and Literature and Medicine. With Janice Hladki, she has co-edited the volume Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (2014). Collaborative work includes exhibitions on political video art and self-portraiture (2010, 2014-15) as well as co-edited special issues of Interventions (2013) and the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies (2012).
Janice Hladki is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Film Studies, School of the Arts, at McMaster University, Canada. With Sarah Brophy, she has co-edited the volume Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (2014). Recent publications include the exhibition book, Fierce: Women’s Hot-Blooded Film/Video (2010) and essays in Feminist Media Studies, the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (with S. Brophy), and the Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art. Her recent curatorial work includes Fierce, and, with S. Brophy, Scrapes: Unruly Embodiments in Video Art (2010-2011) and This is Me. This is Also Me (2014-15).