A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain

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New York University Press
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5.8 X 0.9 X 8.5 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Christina Crosby is a Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University. She is the author of The Ends of History: Victorians and the 'Woman Question' (1991) and has published essays and reviews in Victorian Studies, PMLA, College English, and elsewhere.
"Crosby weaves poetry and literary references into her her story in an attempt to find meaning in her life. Her poignant, well-written, and thoughtful memoir will be of interest to scholars in feminist, gay, and disability studies."--Journal of American Culture
"In its intellectual generosity, its frankness, and its dexterous deployment of the resources of scholarship toward the ends of life writing, A Body, Undonerecalls other invaluable memoirs of illness and disability by feminist academics like Susan GubarsMemoir of a Debulked Womanand Eve Kosofsky SedgwicksA Dialogue on Love, though unlike those antecedents Crosby engages explicitly with the now-robust field of disability studies."--Feministing.com
"Perhaps the most profound lesson of Crosby's book is how lonely pain is...[she] is not the person whose suffering can be made into a vessel for other people's metaphors. Her book's drama lies in trying to decode who she really is."--New Republic
"[S]harp and transformativeA Body, Undoneis about a calamitous accident, yes, but its also about the accident of all our lives, and the inevitable mortality that informs every one of our days."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"Part grueling diary of living with chronic pain and part celebration of survival, this is a complicated understanding of what it means to change your definition of living while living through it."--Elle
"[A Body, Undone]is fascinating and painful, humiliating and beautiful...There's no bitterness in these pages, no anger at the action that led to her injury."--Mediander.com
"Our sense of ourselves cannot exist outside our bodies. As such, Crosby's act of writing the body is a powerful act of self-preservation."--Inside Higher Ed.
"Crosby discusses her reality with a candor that must be experienced to be believed. And the reader is left to face the truth that one's embodiment and the world that goes with it) can change utterly and forever, in a heartbeat."--Inside Higher Ed.
"Christina Crosby insists on the challenge of living on after great pain and loss and shows us what it is like to begin this altered life in ones middle years. Tender, fierce, and eloquent, A Body, Undone is a necessary, even life-altering book."--Laura S. Levitt, author of American Jewish Loss after the Holocaust
"Most memoirs about life with a disability 'almost always move toward a satisfying conclusion of lessons learned, Crosby writes. But Crosby knows that there are no satisfying conclusions when one lives 'a life beyond reason'--and that bit of wisdom alone is cause to read this elegant and harrowing book."--The Washington Post
"A Body, Undoneis a memoir about surviving in the midst of community, reflecting on loss, the interminable nature of grief, and on the meaning of living on. Christina Crosby is a writer whose intellectually expansive reflection is simply awe-inspiring. With prose that can only be described as burning with lucidity and precision, she takes us through the aftermath of the accident and the gradual understanding of its implications for her physical and psychic life. An extraordinary and luminous book."--Judith Butler, author of Precarious Life
"conversations within feminist and Disability Studies classrooms and contribute to our collective effort to theorize relationality, embodiment, and interdependence."--Disability Studies Quarterly
"Crosbys powers of articulation, her ethical convictions, her deep knowledge of politics, literature, and culture, her queer commitments, and her dedication to using language to convey the farthest limits of embodied experience combine to makeA Body, Undonea transformational read, one that underscores the basic facts of our interdependence, precarity, and capacity to sustain each other."--Vela Magazine
"[I]nher surgically incisive descriptions of how it feels to live in her ravaged body and to redefine herself within extreme new limits, Crosby resists both self-pity and the too-easy narrative of hardship overcome. Instead, she asks readers to recognize how messy, precarious, and queer, in every sense of the word, life in a body can be."--TheNewYorker.com
"Christina Crosby has written a frank and lyrical memoir describing her traumatic experience of becoming quadriplegic and offering profound reflections on the role of the body in identity, on the humbling experiences of being cared for, on privilege and class in caregiving, and on loss of control. Crosbys eloquence and brutal honesty make this a stunning and harrowing account of the experience of human loss."--Resources for Gender and Women's Studies: A Feminist Review