Embodied Rhetorics

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  • Copyright: 2001-10-12
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
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Presenting thirteen essays, editors James C. Wilson and Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson unite the fields of disability studies and rhetoric to examine connections between disability, education, language, and cultural practices. Bringing together theoretical and analytical perspectives from rhetorical studies and disability studies, these essays extend both the field of rhetoric and the newer field of disability studies. The contributors span a range of academic fields including English, education, history, and sociology. Several contributors are themselves disabled or have disabled family members. While some essays included in this volume analyze the ways that representations of disability construct identity and attitudes toward the disabled, other essays use disability as a critical modality to rethink economic theory, educational practices, and everyday interactions. Among the disabilities discussed within these contexts are various physical disabilities, mental illness, learning disabilities, deafness, blindness, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis and AIDS.

Author Biography

James C. Wilson is a professor of English at the University of Cincinnati and the author of Vietnam in Prose and Film, John Reed for the Masses, and The Hawthorne and Melville Friendship 

Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson is a professor of English at Miami University and the author of Writing Against the Family: Gender in Lawrence and Joyce, and From Community to College: Reading and Writing Across Diverse Contexts.  

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface ix
Disability, Rhetoric, and the Body
James C. Wilson
Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson
Part One: Identity and Rhetoricity: The (Dis) Abled Subject
Working (with) the Rhetoric of Afflication: Autobiographical Narratives of Victorians with Physical Disabilities
Martha Stoddard Holmes
On the Rhetorics of Mental Disability
Catherine Prendergast
Am I MS?
Miraimne Ara Krummel
Conflicting Paradigms: The Rhetorics of Disability Memoir
G. Thomas Couser
In Search of the Disabled Subject
Nirmala Erevelles
Part Two: Rhetorics of Literacy: Education and Disability
Deafness, Literacy, Rhetoric: Legacies of Language and Communication
Brenda Jo Brueggemann
Going to Class with (Going to Clash with?) the Disabled Person: Educators, Students, and Their Spoken and Unspoken Negotiations
Deshae E. Lott
Signs of Resistance: Deaf Perspectives on Linguistic Conflict in a Nineteenth-Century Southern Family
Hannah Joyner
Part Three: Cultural and Spatial Rhetorics of Disability
Textual Practices of Erasure: Representations of Disability and the Founding of the United Way
Ellen L. Barton
Putting Disability in Its Place: It's Not a Joking Matter
Rod Michalko
Tanya Titchkosky
The Rhetoric of AIDS: A New Taxonomy
Emily F. Ney
Gutting the Golden Goose: Disability in Grimms' Fairy Tales
Beth Franks
Contributors 261(4)
Index 265

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