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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Art and Disability

ISBN 9780367444785
Published March 31, 2022 by Routledge
464 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Art and Disability explores disability in visual culture to uncover the ways in which bodily and cognitive differences are articulated physically and theoretically, and to demonstrate the ways in which disability is culturally constructed.

This companion is organized thematically and includes artists from across historical periods and cultures in order to demonstrate the ways in which disability is historically and culturally contingent. The book engages with questions such as: How are people with disabilities represented in art? How are notions of disability articulated in relation to ideas of normality, hybridity, and anomaly? How do artists use visual culture to affirm or subvert notions of the normative body? Contributors consider the changing role of disability in visual culture, the place of representations in society, and the ways in which disability studies engages with and critiques intersectional notions of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

This book will be particularly useful for scholars in art history, disability studies, visual culture, and museum studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1  Historical and Religious Framings of Art and Disability

1. Valdivia Statuettes and Hybridity in the Americas of 3500–2500 BCE: An Indigenous Critical Disability Perspective

Sara Newman

2. Madness in Classical Greek Art

Kiki Karoglou

3. Blindness from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era and its Depiction in Art

Lilian H. Zirpolo

4. Bodies of Difference: Disability and Otherness in the Twelfth-Century Japanese Yamai no sōshi

Holly N. Rubalcava

5. Disability in Ancient Indian Art and Aesthetic Theory: The Case of Bibhatsa and Bhayanaka Rasas

Shilpa Das

6. Ability and Disability in the Pictorial Vitae of Beata Fina in Fifteenth-Century San Gimignano

Karen McCluskey, Louise St Guillaume, and Daniela Da Silva

7. Disability, the Body, and Geopolitics: Lam Qua’s Nineteenth-Century Portraits

Marion S. Lee

8. Art History’s Co-Inhabitants: Disabled Artistic Approaches to Indigeneity

Amanda Cachia

Part 2  Ableism and Disablism: Constructing Notions of Idealized Bodies

9. The Afflicted Body of Job and the Aesthetic of Wholeness in Gothic Sculpture

Jennifer M. Feltman

10. Able-bodied and Disabled Dwarfs in Italian Renaissance Art and Culture

Robin O’Bryan

11. The Broken Body as Devotional Mediator in Seventeenth-Century Spain

Ilenia Colón Mendoza

12. Charles Lang Freer: Collecting the Disabled Body

Elizabeth Lee

13. Exercising "Disciplinary Power": The "Compulsory Visibility" of Lewis Hine’s 1917 Photographs of Laboring-Class Teen Women with Scoliosis

Kris Belden-Adams

14. Eternal Youth: Fascism, Eugenics, and the Ideal Body at Rockefeller Center’s Palazzo d’Italia

Ashley E. Williams

15. Masculinity and Disability in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

K. Allison Hammer

16. Pieces of Cake

Ann Millett-Gallant

Part 3  Towards an Aesthetics of Disability

17. Blinding Sight: Vision and Spectacles in John Haberle’s Trompe l’Oeil Paintings

Kristen Nassif

18. On Not Seeing or Feeling: Embodying Disability in Viennese Modern Art

Nathan J. Timpano

19. Fragmented Bodies: Ideal Beauty and Deformity in Nineteenth-Century Art and Science

Alexandra Courtois de Viçose

20. The Aesthetics of Prosthetics: From the Premodern Uncanny to the Postmodern Imaginary

Nathan S. Dennis

21. Introducing Crip Materiality: Mad Objects and Soft Screw

Jessica A. Cooley

22. Sign Language Music Videos: Language Preservation or Appropriation?

Kailyn Aaron-Lozano and H-Dirksen L. Bauman

23. Grow Your Brain! Contemporary Art on the Autism Spectrum

Mark Osteen

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Keri Watson is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Central Florida

Timothy W. Hiles is Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Director of the School of Art at the University of Tennessee.