Bending Over Backwards: Essays on Disability and the Body


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New York University Press
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6.36 X 8.98 X 0.56 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

Lennard J. Davis is professor in the Departments of English, Disability and Human Development, and Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of The Disability Studies Reader, among other books.
Michael Bérubé is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Penn State University and a former president of the Modern Language Association. From 2010 to 2017, he served as the director of Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He is the author of ten books, including What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts Classroom Politics and "Bias" in Higher Education and Life As We Know It: A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Janet Lyon, and their son, Jamie Bérubé.


"Davis's work offers creative and challenging examples that may be useful to our discipline and particularly to Disability historians. Bending Over Backwards remains an important and useful work for historians as a template for examining the myriad ways disability and Deafness infiltrate vital aspects of our identity, including laws, cultural icons, literature, and citizenship."--H-Net Reviews
"Lennard Davis is history in the making; for he is one of the foremost proponents of "disability studies," the newest theoretical kid on the block, noteworthy in part because it brings together scholars from the humanities and the medical sciences."--Stanley Fish "Chicago Tribune "
"Taken all together, the chapters offer an important, theoretically rich introduction to disability issues."--Novel
"[Its] uniqueness of thought is this collection's strength as it makes for an interesting and proactive read."--American Journal of Occupational Therapy
"Bending Over Backwards is a welcome dismemberment of all that was unknowingly artificial from the start."--The Minnesota Review