Theorizing Sex and Disability: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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Theorizing Sex and Disability: An Interdisciplinary Approach


Edited by Allison Leadley

Format: eBook (PDF)

Year: 2016

Working form an interdisciplinary approach, this eBook seeks to dismantle the prevailing negative narratives and assumptions around disability and sex to reveal the disabled subject as a figure that is at once, both capable of being desired and desiring.

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This volume aims to unpack the points of intersection not only between disability and sex, but the related facets of gender, sexuality, desire, and romance that constitute the broader theoretical and discursive constellation of sex and sexuality. Utilizing an interdisciplinary model that culls upon the related fields of sociology, anthropology, feminist theory, gender theory, queer studies, art history, and film studies (to name but a few), this volume seek to not only dismantle the dominant narratives of the disabled body as asexual and undesirable – a figure to be pitied, fear, or repulsed by the able-bodied – but also illustrates the myriad ways in which the disabled subject is indeed a sexually autonomous figure that is at once both desired and desiring. Finally, in seeking to challenge hegemonic constructions of a supposed ‘normal’ sexual and romantic desire vis-à-vis disability theory and subjectivity, this eBook also speaks to broader questions around the role of intersectionality within contemporary models of disability discourse and theory.

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Allison Leadley is with the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. Her dissertation explores the self-fashioned display of disease and dis/ability in contemporary performance with a particular interest in how contemporary artists engage with the performance tradition of the freak show. Allison holds an M.A. from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. from Dalhousie University.