Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure

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K. Allan
Springer, Aug 13, 2013 - Fiction - 217 pages
In this groundbreaking collection, twelve international scholars – with backgrounds in disability studies, English and world literature, classics, and history – discuss the representation of dis/ability, medical "cures," technology, and the body in science fiction.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Reading Disability inScience Fiction
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CHAPTER 1 Tools to Help You Think Intersections between Disability Studiesand the Writings of Samuel R Delany
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CHAPTER 2 Freaks and Extraordinary Bodies Disability as Generic Marker in John VarleysTango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo
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CHAPTER 3 The Many Voices of Charlie Gordon On the Representation of Intellectual Disabilityin Daniel Keyess Flowers for Algernon
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CHAPTER 4 The Metamorphic Body in Science Fiction From Prosthetic Correction toUtopian Enhancement
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CHAPTER 5 Prosthetic Bodies The Convergence of Disability Technology and Capital in Peter Wattss Blindsightand Ian McDonalds River of Gods
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CHAPTER 6 The Bionic Woman Machine or Human?
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CHAPTER 7 Star Wars Limb Loss and What It Means to Be Human
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CHAPTER 9 Great Clumsy DinosaursThe Disabled Body in the Posthuman World
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CHAPTER 10 Disabled Hero Sick SocietySophocless Philoctetes and Robert Silverbergs The Man in the Maze
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CHAPTER 11Everything Is Always ChangingAutism Normalcy and Progress in Elizabeth Moons The Speed of Darkand Nancy Fuldas Movement
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CHAPTER 12 Life without Hope?Huntingtons Disease and Genetic Futurity
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Contributors
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Works Cited
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Index
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CHAPTER 8 Animal and Alien Bodiesas Prostheses Reframing Disability in Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon
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Kathryn Allan, Independent Scholar Donna Binns, Eastern Illinois University, USA. Robert W. Cape, Jr., Austin College, USA. Gerry Canavan, Marquette University, USA. António Fernando Cascais, New University of Lisbon, Portugal Ria Cheyne, Liverpool Hope University, UK. Brent Walter Cline, Spring Arbor University, USA. Ralph Covino, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA. Hioni Karamanos, Independent Scholar Netty Matar, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Leigha McReynolds, The George Washington University, USA. Howard Sklar, University of Helsinki, Finland. Christy Tidwell, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, USA. Joanne Woiak, University of Washington, USA.

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