Disability and Art History from Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century

Disability and Art History from Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century - Interdisciplinary Disability Studies

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Publisher's Synopsis

This volume analyzes representations of disability in art from antiquity to the twenty-first century, incorporating disability studies scholarship and art historical research and methodology.

This book brings these two strands together to provide a comprehensive overview of the intersections between these two disciplines. Divided into four parts:

  • Ancient History through the 17th Century: Gods, Dwarfs, and Warriors
  • 17th-Century Spain to the American Civil War: Misfits, Wounded Bodies, and Medical Specimens
  • Modernism, Metaphor and Corporeality
  • Contemporary Art: Crips, Care, and Portraiture

and comprised of 16 chapters focusing on Greek sculpture, ancient Chinese art, Early Italian Renaissance art, the Spanish Golden Age, nineteenth century art in France (Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec) and the US, and contemporary works, it contextualizes understandings of disability historically, as well as in terms of medicine, literature, and visual culture.

This book is required reading for scholars and students of disability studies, art history, sociology, medical humanities and media arts.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780367500474
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 701.03
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 274
Weight: 628g
Height: 161mm
Width: 241mm
Spine width: 21mm