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Documentary and Disability

Editors: Brylla, Catalin, Hughes, Helen (Eds.)

  • Front Matter (with a foreword by Michael Schillmeier)
  • The first book length study on documentary and disability
  • Offers a timely contribution to contemporary debates on inclusion and the future of media
  • Demonstrates that documentary film has not only played an historical role in the social construction of disability but continues to be a strong force for expression, inclusion and activism
  • Presents a diverse range of contributors who are academics, practitioners and activists in the field
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About this book

This edited collection of contributions from media scholars, film practitioners and film historians connects the vibrant fields of documentary and disability studies. Documentary film has not only played an historical role in the social construction of disability but continues to be a strong force for expression, inclusion and activism. Offering essays on the interpretation and conception of a wide variety of documentary formats, Documentary and Disability reveals a rich set of resources on subjects as diverse as Thomas Quasthoff’s opera performances, Tourette syndrome in the developing world, queer approaches to sexual functionality, Channel 4 disability sports broadcasting, the political meaning of cochlear implant activation, and Christoph’s Schlingensief’s celebrated Freakstars 3000

About the authors

Catalin Brylla is Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of West London, UK.

Helen Hughes is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Surrey, UK.

Reviews

“This book assembles an international group of scholars and filmmakers to address the significant topic of documentaries about disability. The book uses a wonderfully broad definition of documentary to investigate everything from traditional non-fiction films to YouTube videos to reality television to early 20th century films about sign language. This book truly provides unique and much-needed perspectives about disability representation and identity, as well as film practice, in the documentary world.” (Beth Haller, Professor of Journalism/New Media, and Graduate Director, Towson University, USA)

“Documentary and Disability celebrates process and spontaneity, inclusion and experimentation. This collection of essays boldly counteracts negative stereotypes and re-appraises a broad range of documentary forms and media, of disabilities and the excessively documented body. In their Introduction, the editors speak to a hope that this anthology become “part of the struggle for a better future”; along with their talented contributors, they have already succeeded.” (Nicole Markotić, Professor of English, University of Windsor, Canada; author of Disability in Film and Literature, McFarland & Co.)

“A commitment to modes of sustained seeing and testimony makes documentary forms central to any critical engagement with the cultural meanings surrounding ‘disability’. The quality and depth of analysis across a range of case studies allow this collection to break new ground in the exploration of documentary-disability relations, in the process illuminating the alternative practices of portrayal which are possible.” (John Corner, Visiting Professor in Communication Studies, University of Leeds, UK)

“This collection is as fascinating, thought-provoking and indispensable as the genre of documentaries it describes. Accounts from those who have made films, or had films made about them, mingle with the perspectives of disabled and non-disabled viewers and critics. Neither do the editors forget the diversity of impairments and contexts – from art to advocacy to reality TV – which constitute this field. Every disability studies scholar should read this book!” (Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research, University of East Anglia, UK)

“Documentary and Disability is an indispensable book for anyone interested in reading about, writing about, or making a documentary film about disability. It collects a wide group of authors comprised of activists, scholars, and critics.  From theory to praxis, covering almost every aspect of disability, the book provides compelling and wide-ranging information and viewpoints.  No one should ever think about disability documentaries without reading this book.” (Lennard J. Davis, Professor of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, US)

“What a valuable range of perspectives is offered in Documentary and Disability! The editors wisely choose an interdisciplinary approach to a complex, important and sensitive topic. By covering disability on-screen from several points of view, including behind and in front of the camera (the decision-making process of the filmmakers is fascinating), the volume avoids the rhetorical pitfalls of so many studies of disability in the media. With this kind of cultural awareness, it is no wonder that documentary remains the most respectable and respectful of film genres to approach the world of people with disabilities.” (Charles A. Riley II, Associate Professor of English, Baruch College, US, Author of Disability and the Media)

“The editors aptly construe the combination of disability with documentary not as inevitable but as a nexus bursting with the potential to enact social change. Their lively collection boasts a stellar list of scholars from across global and career maps. These authors exuberantly resist that disability is only either documentable or spectacular. The book’s imaginative chapters collectively twist the medical gaze, exposing what is to be celebrated about the creative truths of disabled life.” (Sally Chivers, Professor of English, Trent University, Canada)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Bricolage of Documentary and Disability

    Brylla, Catalin (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Not Without Us: Collaborating across Difference in Documentary Filmmaking

    Avery, Samuel

    Pages 13-25

  • Visual Psychological Anthropology and the Lived Experience of Disability

    Tucker, Annie (et al.)

    Pages 27-42

  • Valorising Disability on Screen: When Did ‘Inspirational’ Become a Dirty Word?

    Wain, Veronica

    Pages 43-59

  • Spectatorship and Alternative Portrayals of Blindness

    Brylla, Catalin

    Pages 61-77

Buy this book

eBook £52.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59894-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £66.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59893-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Documentary and Disability
Editors
  • Catalin Brylla
  • Helen Hughes
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59894-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59894-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59893-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 299
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 illustrations in colour
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