Feminist Disability Studies

Feminist Disability Studies

Edited by Edited by Kim Q. Hall
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/24/2011
Format: Paperback 11 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-22340-1
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Disability, like questions of race, gender, and class, is one of the most provocative topics among theorists and philosophers today. This volume, situated at the intersection of feminist theory and disability studies, addresses questions about the nature of embodiment, the meaning of disability, the impact of public policy on those who have been labeled disabled, and how we define the norms of mental and physical ability. The essays here bridge the gap between theory and activism by illuminating structures of power and showing how historical and cultural perceptions of the human body have been informed by and contributed to the oppression of women and disabled people.

Author Bio

Kim Q. Hall is Professor of Philosophy and a faculty member in the Women's Studies and Sustainable Development programs at Appalachian State University. She is editor (with Chris Cuomo) of Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Reflections.


“Situated at the intersection of feminist theory and disability studies, this volume addresses questions about the nature of embodiment, the meaning of disability, and how we define the norms of mental and physical ability.”

“A volume of the highest scholarly quality that extends both feminist theory and disability studies. ”
 — Nancy Tuana, Pennsylvania State University

“Puts feminist theory and disability studies into conversation with one another, not simply to make for an 'additive' approach, but to transform both fields of inquiry.”
 — Diane Herndl, Iowa State University

“Hall's . . . collection is a fascinating and valuable contribution to our thinking, and comes at a crucial point in the consolidation of feminist bioethics' engagement with disability.”
 — International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

“Feminist Disability Studies is a particularly solid collection due to the wealth of cross-genre essays and contributions housed within its pages, and its contributors draw from women’s studies, literary and cultural studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, and many other disciplines.”
 — Global Comment

“Each of the essays in this collection offers a valuable contribution in its own right. Read together, they make a strong case for the value, indeed necessity, of including disability perspectives in future feminist scholarship.”
 — American Literary History

“Feminist disability Studies . . . should be required reading in any course that deals with [femiminsm and disability].”
 — Feminist Collections

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Table of Contents

Reimagining Disability and Gender through Feminist Disability Studies:
An Introduction / Kim Q. Hall

Part 1. Toward a Theoretical Framework for Feminist Disability Studies
1. Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory / Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
2. Critical Divides: Judith Butler's Body Theory and the Question of Disability / Ellen Samuels
Part 2. Refiguring Literature
3. Invisible Disability: Georgina Kleege's Sight Unseen / Susannah B. Mintz
4. Revisiting the Corpus of the Madwoman: Further Notes toward a Feminist Disability Studies Theory of Mental Illness / Elizabeth J. Donaldson
Part 3. Interrogating Fitness: Nation, Identity, and Citizenship
5. The Color of Violence: Reflecting on Gender, Race, and Disability in Wartime / Nirmala Erevelles
6. Gwendolyn Brooks, World War II, and the Politics of Rehabilitation / Jennifer C. James
7. Revising the Subject: Disability as "Third Dimension" in Clear Light of Day and You Have Come Back / Cindy LaCom
8. A Heritage of Ableist Rhetoric in American Feminism from the Eugenics Period / Sharon Lamp and W. Carol Cleigh
Part 4. Sexual Agency and Queer Feminist Futures
9. Disability, Sex Radicalism, and Political Agency / Abby Wilkerson
10. Debating Feminist Futures: Slippery Slopes, Cultural Anxiety, and the Case of the Deaf Lesbians / Alison Kafer
Part 5. Inclusions, Exclusions, and Transformations
11. Disparate but Disabled: Fat Embodiment and Disability Studies / April Herndon
12. Chronic Illness and Educational Equity: The Politics of Visibility / Karen Elizabeth Jung
13. Res(Crip)ting Feminist Theater through Disability Theater: Selections from the DisAbility Project / Ann M. Fox and Joan Lipkin


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