1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Art and Disability

Edited By Keri Watson, Timothy W. Hiles Copyright 2022
    464 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    464 Pages 99 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    "Aimed at scholars and students of museum studies[...]it covers a remarkable range of different topics and also geographical locations, and time periods. If you are interested in disability studies and you're into art in a wide variety of forms then you should have a look at this book." -Jenny Mathiasson, The Conservators' Podcast