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Body Genres and Disability Sensations: The Challenge of the New Disability Documentary Cinema

in Cultural Locations of Disability

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780226767314
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226767307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226767307.003.0006
Body Genres and Disability Sensations: The Challenge of the New Disability Documentary Cinema

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This chapter sets out some critical modes of spectatorship generated by conventions of disability portrayal in film. It aims to identify some significant viewing relationships commonly cultivated in mainstream film. Visual media analysis in disability studies has made some initial efforts to critique filmic portrayals of disability as predominantly negative and stereotypical, yet in focusing interest exclusively in this area, little attention has been paid to the dynamic relationship between viewers and disabled characters. Since most people make the majority of their life acquaintances with disabled people in film, television, and literature, the representational milieu of disability provides a critical arena for disability studies analysis. The analysis of film images of disability provides an opportune location of critical intervention.

Keywords: disability sensation; disability films; visual media; disabled people; disability studies; stereotypes

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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