In the Introduction, David Serlin first underscores the critical need to interrogate the unspoken narratives of masculinity and disability that saturate our contemporary world by surveying conventions of representation. Precisely because of the penetratingly naturalized and mutually reinforcing status that this survey and the essays in Phallacies disclose, the intersection of disability and masculinity are revealed as a powerful, revealing node at which to understand the production, reproduction, and contestation of gender and ability. They reveal the impoverishment of any historical enterprise that interrogates the male body or the male mind while simultaneously eliding a critical analysis of normativity. By catapulting this vital node to a central analytical position, the authors in Phallacies chart a course for a fundamental and recuperative historical process.
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