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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Studying Disability Arts and Culture

An Introduction

ISBN 9781137413468
Publication Date November 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

In this accessible introduction to the study of Disability Arts and Culture, Petra Kuppers foregrounds themes, artists and theoretical concepts in this diverse field. Complete with case studies, exercises and questions for further study, the book introduces students to the work of disabled artists and their allies, and explores artful responses to living with physical, cognitive, emotional or sensory difference.

Engaging readers as cultural producers, Kuppers provides useful frameworks for critical analysis and encourages students to explore their own positioning within the frames of gender, race, sexuality, class and disability.

Comprehensive and accessible, this is an essential handbook for undergraduate students or anyone interested in disabled bodies and minds in theatre, performance, creative writing, art and dance.

Petra Kuppers is Professor of English, Theatre and Drama, Art and Design, and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, USA. She also teaches on the low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. She is the author of The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art, Community Performance: An Introduction and Disability Culture and Community Performance, amongst other titles.

List of Illustrations
PART I 1. Setting Up
2. Languages of Disability
3. Discourses of Disability
4. Embodiment/Enmindment: Processes of Living
5. Disability Culture
PART II 6. Life in the Institution: Discourses at Work and at Play
7. Freak Shows and the Theatre
8. Disabled Dance and Dancerly Bodies
9. Superheroes and the Lure of Disability
10. Looking at Autism
11. Classroom Activism and Resources
12. Appendix: For Teachers


Petra Kuppers draws on two decades experience developing inclusive learning environments to create a handbook for artists, scholars and students coming into this critical field of cultural work. Readable, relatable and above all practical, Teaching Disability Arts & Culture provides a comprehensive account of pedagogical strategies Kuppers has deployed with success in classroom, community and artistic contexts of all sorts. For students and those adapting their own arts, cultural and teaching practices to make them accessible for diverse communities, it will be a fantastic new resource.' - Bree Hadley, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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