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cripelectric ([personal profile] cripelectric) wrote2013-06-11 09:37 am

Media and Disability Bibliography project and other resources

From Dr. Beth Haller's blog, an excellent bibliography of academic texts about disability and/in media:

http://media-disability-bibliography.blogspot.ca/


A few books not on this list, because they are not presented as centrally about disability and disabled people in media but that examine that intersection as part of their analysis.

In my opinion, in order to theorize disability, you need to look at how it's deployed in media and culture, as part of the process by which disabled people are made invisible socially and politically is through the metaphorization of their lives as plot devices- whether the story being told is in the news, in a movie, on a television show, in fanfiction, in a play or in nondisabled people's personal interactions (as in "let me tell you about my grandma, cousin, ex-best friend, past coworker, pet, who had a disability and weren't they courageous-pitiful-feeling sorry for themselves-not trying hard enough-a burden on their family" - we seriously need to find strategies to challenge those ableist re-telling of stereotpes of disability/disabled people in day to day life)

Erevelles, Nirmala. Disability and Difference in a global context: Enabling a transformative politics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Dr. Erevelles uses critical race feminism and marxist historical materialism to examine how disability can be re-theorized outside of the contexts its been usually confined to in disability studies: white, middle-class, first world.

Brueggemann, Brenda Jo. Deaf Subjects: Between identities and places. New York: New York University Press, 2009.

This book is a fairly easy read, language-wise; between a personal narrative and an academic text, the reader is always aware of the author, her feelings and emotions play a significant part in the telling of this story of disability/Deafness/deafness.
The concept of "betweenity" is enough by itself to justify reading it; whatever you do,don't skip the introduction!

Trigger Warning for chapter 7: it's a difficult chapter, as it deals extensively with the mass genocide of disabled people via euthanasia. I was in tears by then end of it, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be read!!


-to be continued.