The last avant garde?

Authored by: Sarah Austin , Kath Duncan , Gerard Goggin , Lachlan MacDowall , Veronica Pardo , Eddie Paterson , Jax Jacki Brown , Morwenna Collett , Fiona Cook , Bree Hadley , Kate Hood , Jess Kapuscinski-Evans , Donna McDonald , Julie McNamara , Gaelle Mellis , Eva Sifis , Kate Sulan

The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture, and Media

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9780815368410
eBook ISBN: 9781351254687
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351254687-20

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Abstract

Disability … is not merely a theme. It is not only a personal or autobiographical response embedded in an artwork. It is not solely a political act. It is all of these things, but it is more. It is more because disability is properly speaking an aesthetic value, which is to say, it participates in a system of knowledge that provides materials for and increases critical consciousness about the way that some bodies make other bodies feel. The idea of disability aesthetics affirms that disability operates both as a critical framework for questioning aesthetic presuppositions in the history of art and as a value in its own right important to future conceptions of what art is.

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