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Disability in twentieth-century German culture.


Disability in twentieth-century German culture.

Poore, Carol.

U. of Michigan Press


407 pages



Corporealities; discourses of disability


Poore (German studies, Brown U.) surveys cultural representations and experiences of disability in 20th century German history from the Weimar period through the current debates over passing an anti- discrimination law. She takes two approaches to the topic, exploring disability as a social category to reinterpret art, literature, film, and media depictions and also examining German debates over the place for disabled people in the public sphere, especially as they reflect on such broader debates such as the meaning of "Germanness," the makeup of the nation, the emancipatory possibilities of socialism, or the inclusiveness of democracy. She also considers some comparative matters from the United States.

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Date:May 1, 2008
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