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1st Edition

Understanding Disability Studies and Performance Studies

ISBN 9780415639699
Published July 26, 2012 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This collection brings together scholarship and creative writing that brings together two of the most innovative fields to emerge from critical and cultural studies in the past few decades: Disability studies and performance studies. It draws on writings about such media as live performance art, photography, silent film, dance, personal narrative and theatre, using such diverse perspectives and methods as queer theory, gender, feminist, and masculinity studies, dance studies, as well as providing first publication of creative writings by award-winning poets and playwrights.

This book was based on a special issue of Text and Performance Quarterly.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Bruce Henderson and Noam Ostrander  2. Prologue: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Crip Poetry  Jim Ferris  RESEARCH REPORTS  3. Performing Amputation: The Photographs of Joel-Peter Witkin  Ann Millett  4. Mobility: AXIS Dancers Push the Boundaries of Access  Telory Davies  5. Dances and Discourses of (Dis)Ability: Heather Mills’s Embodiment of Disability on Dancing with the Stars  Margaret M. Quinlan and Benjamin R. Bates  6. A Crippling Deceit: Mendicancy and the Performance of Disability in Progressive America  Sheila C. Moeschen  7. ‘‘I Can’t Be Standing Up Out There’’: Communicative Performances of (Dis)Ability in Wheelchair Rugby  Kurt Lindemann  8. Performing Unfeminine Femininity: A Performance of Identity Analysis of Bulimic Women’s Personal Narratives  JulieAnn Scott  9. Remaking (the) Discipline: Marking the Performative Accomplishment of (Dis)Ability  Deanna L. Fassett and Dana L. Morella  THE PERFORMANCE SPACE  10. BALL: Introduction  Brian Lobel  11. BALL: The Script  Brian Lobel  12. How to Tell a True Cancer Story  Linda M. Park-Fuller  13. Performing Trauma: Witnessing BALL and the Implications for Autoperformance  John T. Warren  14. The Hero Quest and the Hula Hoop: Brian Lobel’s BALL  Cara Gabriel  15. Dancing Autism: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Bedlam  Petra Kuppers  16. Performing Depression: The Workman Theatre Project and the Making of Joy. A Musical. About Depression  Kirsty Johnston  17. Why Disability Identity Matters: From Dramaturgy to Casting in John Belluso’s Pyretown  Carrie Sandahl  18. Just Try Having None  Jim Ferris

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Bruce Henderson is Professor of speech communication at Ithaca College, where he teaches courses in performance studies, disability studies, and health communication.

Noam Ostrander is Assistant Professor of social work at DePaul University and past president of the Society for Disability Studies.