Review by Choice Review
Disabled bodies have historically served a particular purpose in film. Whereas the function of "normal" bodies is to advance plot, disabled bodies often function as a metaphor for inability to do so. Chivers (Trent Univ., Canada; author of The Silvering Screen: Old Age and Disability in Cinema, 2010) and Markotic (Univ. of Windsor, Canada) examine the projection of "problem" bodies in film, defining and revealing them as a "multiplication of lived circumstances constructed both physically and socially.. A comprehensive introduction precedes nine essays that use disability theory as a framework to examine cinematic portrayals of bodies "repeatedly left out of--or exploited by--traditional cultural and especially film criticism.. Contributors have varied research interests, thus their facility to intersect disability studies with gender, race, and sexuality. A short story by Anne Finger serves as an appropriate coda: it reconsiders the value of disabled bodies as portrayed on screen. A little feast of scholarship, this collection establishes disability as a "player" in film theory and invites interrogation of the discourse on projections of so-called problem bodies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers and faculty. S. M. Erby Wilson College
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