Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body

Front Cover
University of Michigan Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages
0 Reviews

"Professor Davidson---an accomplished literary critic---offers a focused and balanced analysis of poetry, film, and the arts honed with his excellent knowledge of the latest advances in disability studies. He is brilliant at reading texts in a sophisticated and aesthetically pleasurable way, making Concerto for the Left Hand one of the smartest books to date in disability studies."
---Lennard Davis, University of Illinois, Chicago

"Moving elegantly among social theorists and cultural texts, Davidson exemplifies and propels an ethical-aesthetic model for criticism. Davidson asks continuously and with a committed intensity 'where a disability ends and the social order begins' . . .  this book brings the study of poetry and poetics into the twenty-first century."
---Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Temple University

Concerto for the Left Hand is at the cutting edge of the expanding field of disability studies, offering a wide range of essays that investigate the impact of disability across various art forms---including literature, performance, photography, and film. Rather than simply focusing on the ways in which disabled persons are portrayed, Michael Davidson explores how the experience of disability shapes the work of artists and why disability serves as a vital lens through which to interpret modern culture. Covering an eclectic range of topics---from the phantom missing limb in film noir to the poetry of American Sign Language---this collection delivers a unique and engaging assessment of the interplay between disability and aesthetics.

Written in a fluid, accessible style, Concerto for the Left Hand will appeal to both specialists and general audiences. With its interdisciplinary approach, this book should appeal not only to scholars of disability studies but to all those working in minority art, deaf studies, visual culture, and modernism.

Michael Davidson is Professor of American Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His other books include Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics and Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material World.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Strange Blood
35
Phantom Limbs
58
Hearing Things
80
Copyright

6 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Michael Davidson is a professor of American literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author, most recently, of "Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material Word" and editor of "The New Collected Poems of George Oppen," Davidson is also the author of eight books of poetry, including "The Arcades" and "Post Hoc,

Bibliographic information