The Problem Body: Projecting Disability on Film (Paperback)

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By SALLY CHIVERS (Editor), Nicole Markotic (Editor)
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In The Problem Body, editors Sally Chivers and Nicole Markotic bring together the work of eleven of the best disability scholars from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and South Korea to explore a new approach to the study of film by concentrating on cinematic representations of what they term “the problem body.” The book is a much-needed exploration of the projection of disability on film combined with a much-needed rethinking of hierarchies of difference. The editors turned to the existing corpus of disability theory with its impressive insights about the social and cultural mediation of disabled bodies. They then sought, from scholars at every stage of their careers, new ideas about how disabled bodies coexist with a range of other bodies (gendered, queered, racialized, classed, etc.).

To call into question why certain bodies invite the label “problem” more frequently than other bodies, the contributors draw on scholarship from feminist, race, queer, cultural studies, disability, and film studies arenas. In Chivers and Markotic’s introduction, they draw on disability theory and a range of cinematic examples to explain the term “problem body” in relation to its projection. In explorations of film noir, illness narratives, classical Hollywood film, and French film, the essays reveal the “problem body” as a multiplication of lived circumstances constructed both physically and socially.

About the Author

Sally Chivers is associate professor and Chair of Canadian Studies at Trent University. Nicole Markotic is associate professor of English at the University of Windsor.

Praise For…

“A little feast of scholarship, this collection establishes disability as a “player” in film theory and invites interrogation of this discourse on projections of so-called problem bodies. Highly recommended.” —Choice

Product Details
ISBN: 9780814252314
ISBN-10: 0814252311
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication Date: May 29th, 2015
Language: English