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Disability studies and Spanish culture [electronic resource] : films, novels, the comic and the public exhibition /
Benjamin Fraser.
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Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2013.
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xxvii, 192 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
184631870X, 9781846318702
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Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2013.
isbn
184631870X
9781846318702
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11066679
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The first of its kind, Fraser's highly engaging book breaks new ground in the fields of disability studies and Spanish literary and cultural studies, while opening a vital space of dialogue between these disciplines. The author's rigorous attention to Spanish disability politics allows him to elaborate an original and convincing context for the contemporary works he studies, through lucid analyses of literature, film, comics and other media. This book is a significant contribution to current scholarship on nationally specific disability literatures, and undoubtedly will spark further interest, debate and research on Spanish cultural representations of disability.
The first of its kind, Fraser's highly engaging book breaks new ground in the fields of disability studies and Spanish literary and cultural studies, while opening a vital space of dialogue between these disciplines. The author's rigorous attention to Spanish disability politics allows him to elaborate lucid analyses of literature, film, comics and other media.
Professor Fraser's stimulating analysis of representative contemporary Spanish artistic works from the perspective of Disability Studies is groundbreaking research - a pioneering model in a largely unexplored field of scholarship.
"The first of its kind, Benjamin Fraser's highly engaging book breaks new ground in the fields of disability studies and Spanish literary and cultural studies, while opening a vital space of dialogue between these disciplines. The author's rigorous attention to Spanish disability politics allows him to elaborate lucid analyses of literature, film, comics, and other media."
Professor Fraser's stimulating analysis of representative contemporary Spanish artistic works from the perspective of Disability Studies is groundbreaking research. The attention given to the specificity of the artistic materials in conjunction with a political stance that contests traditional Spanish representation of disability, convert Disability Studies and Spanish Culture into a pioneering scholarly model in a largely unexplored field of scholarship.
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Applying the tenets of Disability Studies to the Spanish context, this work is an important corrective to existing cultural studies of disability in Spain that tend to largely ignore intellectual disabilities. Taking on the representation of Down syndrome, autism, alexia/agnosia as well as childhood disability, the chapters combine close readings of a number of Spanish cultural products (films, novels, the comic/graphic novel and the public exhibition) with a broader socio-cultural take on the state of disability in Spain.
Main Description
Disability Studies and Spanish Culture is the first book to apply the tenets of Disability Studies to the Spanish context. In particular, this work is an important corrective to existing cultural studies of disability in Spain that tend to largely ignore intellectual disabilities. Taking on the representation of Down syndrome, autism, alexia/agnosia as well as childhood disability, its chapters combine close readings of a number of Spanish cultural products (films, novels, the comic/graphic novel and the public exhibition) with a broader socio-cultural take on the state of disability in Spain. Fraser is just as comfortable with the work of disability theorists who advocate a social model of disability (such as Lennard J. Davis, Licia Carlson, Eva Feder Kittay, David T. Mitchell, Sharon L. Snyder and more) as he is with the analysis of film and literature in the Spanish context. While researchers and students of cinema will be particularly interested in the book's detailed analyses of the formal aspects of the films, comics, and novels discussed, readers from backgrounds in history, political science and sociology will all be able to appreciate discussions of contemporary legislation, advocacy groups, cultural perceptions, models of social integration and more. The book is directed, also, toward those readers more familiar with the growing field of Disability Studies itself-making the argument that the specific case of Spanish culture and society speaks to shifts in the social attitudes and theoretical understandings of disability more broadly considered.
Main Description
Disability Studies and Spanish Culture is the first book to apply the tenets of disability studies-in particular the study of mental disabilities-to Spanish cultural contexts, offering an assessment of disability as it is engaged by Spanish films, novels, comics, and other artworks. Innovatively bringing disability theory into dialogue with film and literary analysis, Benjamin Fraser shows how formal aspects of art and media in Spain highlight, frame, inform-and are informed-by contemporary disability legislation there, as well as by disability advocacy, cultural perception, and social integration. By using the specific context of Spanish culture, he outlines broader shifts in social attitudes and theoretical understandings of disability.
Main Description
Disability Studies and Spanish Culture is the first book to apply the tenets of disability studies-in particular the study of mental disabilities-to Spanish cultural contexts, offering an assessment of disability as it is engaged by Spanish films, novels, comics, and other artworks. Innovatively bringing disability theory into dialogue with film and literary analysis, Benjamin Fraser shows how formal aspects of art and media in Spain highlight, frame, inform, and are informed by contemporary disability legislation there, as well as by disability advocacy, cultural perception, and social integration. By using the specific context of Spanish culture, he outlines broader shifts in social attitudes and theoretical understandings of disability.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Filming Down Syndromep. 1
Yo, también (2009) and the Political Project of Disability Studies
Deciphering the Mixed Messages of León y Olvido (2004)
Envisioning Autismp. 34
Miguel Gallardo's Comic María y yo (2007)
Félix Fernández de Castro's Documentary María y yo (2010)
Narrating Childhood Disabilityp. 75
Salvador García Jiménez's Novel Angelicomio (1981)
Màrius Serra's Autobiographical Novel Quieto (2008)
Documenting Cognitive Disabilityp. 117
¿Qué tienes debajo del sombrero? (2006), by Lola Barrera and Iñaki Peñafiel
Más allá del espejo (2007), by Joaquín Jordà
Epilogue: Exhibiting Artp. 157
'Trazos Singulares' (2011) at the Nuevos Ministerios Metro Station
'Supergestor' (2011) and Other Comics by the Grupo AMÁS Associación Argadini's Literary Contests (2008-2010)
Referencesp. 169
Indexp. 182
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