Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race

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In the mid-nineteenth-century United States, as it became increasingly difficult to distinguish between bodies understood as black, white, or Indian; able-bodied or disabled; and male or female, intense efforts emerged to define these identities as biologically distinct and scientifically verifiable in a literally marked body. Combining literary analysis, legal history, and visual culture, Ellen Samuels traces the evolution of the "fantasy of identification"--the powerful belief that embodied social identities are fixed, ...

Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race 2014, New York University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9781479812981

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Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race 2014, New York University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9781479859498

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