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Invalid Modernism: Disability and the Missing Body of the Aesthetic

Michael Davidson


Invalid Modernism contributes to an intersectional moment in disability studies by looking at aesthetics through non-conforming bodies and minds. It also offers an intersectional understanding of modernism by studying the representation of physical and cognitive difference during a period marked by progressive reforms in health, labor, and welfare. Readings of texts by Henry James, Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, William Carlos Williams, James Joyce, Djuna Barnes, Oscar Wilde, F. T. Marinetti, Jean Toomer, an opera by Alexander Zemlinsky, and paintings and constructions of Dadaists and Surreal ... More

Keywords: disability, aesthetics, eugenics, intersectionality, embodiment, gender, autonomy aesthetics, modernism, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198832812
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198832812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Davidson, author
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego