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The DisarticulateLanguage, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity$
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James Berger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708460

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708460.001.0001

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Dys-/Disarticulation and Disability

Dys-/Disarticulation and Disability

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The Disarticulate

James Berger

NYU Press

This chapter considers the relation between the projects of analyzing the dys-/disarticulate, which this text undertakes, and the various studies about literary and cultural disability. Clearly, there are important overlaps between them. Not only are disabled characters at the centers of the fictions analyzed here, but the fictions tend to be critical of the stigmatizing and oppressive treatments often visited on these characters and to insist on at least some degree of agency for them. The arguments posited regarding dys-/disarticulation differ from certain well-established directions in disability theory in three main areas: metaphor, trauma, and care. In addition, the chapter discusses recent directions in disability theory by exploring the works of Michael Davidson, Robert McRuer, Tobin Siebers, and Tom Shakespeare. Their approaches take into account imperatives of care and, as Siebers puts it, the “blunt, crude realities” of life with disability and, indeed, of all corporeal mortal life.

Keywords:   dys-/disarticulate, literary and cultural disability, fiction, disability theory, metaphor, trauma, care, Michael Davidson, Robert McRuer, Tobin Siebers

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