Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability

Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability Review

Crip Theory attends to the contemporary cultures of disability and queerness that are coming out all over. Both disability studies and queer theory are centrally concerned with how bodies, pleasures, and identities are represented as "normal" or as abject, but Crip Theory is the first book to analyze thoroughly the ways in which these interdisciplinary fields inform each other.

Drawing on feminist theory, African American and Latino/a cultural theories, composition studies, film and television studies, and theories of globalization and counter-globalization, Robert McRuer articulates the central concerns of crip theory and considers how such a critical perspective might impact cultural and historical inquiry in the humanities. Crip Theory puts forward readings of the Sharon Kowalski story, the performance art of Bob Flanagan, and the journals of Gary Fisher, as well as critiques of the domesticated queerness and disability marketed by the Millennium March, or Bravo TV's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. McRuer examines how dominant and marginal bodily and sexual identities are composed, and considers the vibrant ways that disability and queerness unsettle and re-write those identities in order to insist that another world is possible.

Title:Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability
Edition Language:English

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    Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability Reviews

  • Jay

    I really appreciated the insights and analysis, if at times it feels a bit stuck on particular sources.McRuer weaves Derrida with Walmart ads, Bob Flanagan with Queer Eye, and Judy Heuman with As Good...

  • Elizabeth

    Absolutely pivotal in Disability Studies as a discipline. His concept of compulsory able-bodiedness has changed the trajectory of studies on the body. Remarkable....

  • ian

    McRuer's an insightful and creative critic. In this second book (the first was The Queer Renaissance he's also a very engaging presence on the page. I wish I didn't have to stop reading so as to leav...

  • Morgan Dhu

    As a disabled person, a queer person, and a freelance cultural studies scholar, Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability, by Robert McRuer is exactly the sort of book you’d expect to ...

  • Rj

    Every once and awhile a book comes along that affects the way you see the world. McTuer's Crip Theory is one of those books. Looking at the intersection between queer theory and disability studies McR...

  • Caspar

    This book had been on my to-read list for at least two years, so I was excited to finally get to read it, but it...didn't quite live up to my expectations. The book attempts to discuss a way of concep...

  • Michael

    In Crip Theory (2006), Robert McRuer develops a crip theory, understanding ability to be similar to sexuality, in that both able-bodiedness and heterosexuality are compulsory, both can never fully be ...

  • Teresa

    McRuer makes one point: the compulsory nature of able bodiedness which was crucial for crip theory but in the mean time he reduces his arguments into nothingness and is an excellent case of a man with...

  • Dwight Davis

    A fascinating work at the intersection of queer theory and disability studies that makes use of a wide range of cultural texts to argue for a more accessible world. McRuer argues that just as compulso...

  • Brenden O'Donnell

    McRuer queers the popular disability studies notion that "disabled" is the one identity category that, sooner or later, we'll all own: he adds the idea that, sooner or later, any body can become norma...