Extraordinary bodies : figuring physical disability in American culture and literature / Rosemarie Garland Thomson Thomson, Rosemarie Garland

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Thomson, Rosemarie Garland
1800-1999; Body, Human, in literature.; American fiction - 19th century - History and criticism.
Extraordinary Bodies is a cornerstone text of disability studies, establishing the field upon its publication in 1997. Framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, the book added depth to oppressive narratives and revealed novel, liberatory ones. Through her incisive readings of such texts as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson exposed the social forces driving representations of disability. She encouraged new ways of looking at texts and their depiction of the body and stretched the li.
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