Disability in German-Speaking Europe
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258 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

4 illus.

Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture

Imprint: Camden House

Disability in German-Speaking Europe

History, Memory, Culture

Edited by Linda Leskau, Tanja Nusser and Katherine Sorrels

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This collection reflects on the development of disability studies in German-speaking Europe and brings together interdisciplinary perspectives on disability in German, Austrian, and Swiss history and culture.
Ableism remains the most socially acceptable form of intolerance, with pejoratives referencing disability - and intellectual disability in particular - remaining largely unquestioned among many. Yet the understanding, depiction, and representation of disability is also clearly in a process of transformation. This volume analyzes that transformation, taking a close look at attitudes toward disability in historical and contemporary German-speaking contexts.

The volume begins with an overview of the emergence and growth of disability studies in German-speaking Europe against the background of the field's emergence a decade or so earlier in the US and UK. The differences in timing, methodology, and research concentrations bring into focus how each cultural context has shaped the field of disability studies in its multiple and diverse approaches. Building on recent scholarship that uses a cultural studies approach, the volume's three sections analyze constructs of disability and ability in history, memory, and culture. The essays in the history section examine how the emotions, morality, and power have played into - and still do play into - the individual's experience of disability. Those in the memory section grapple with the origins of the Nazi persecution of people with disabilities, the fight for recognition of this genocide, and the politics of its commemoration. Finally, the culture section offers close readings of disability in literary and filmic texts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Acknowledgments
Disability Studies in German-Speaking Europe, an Introduction
Linda Leskau, Tanja Nusser, and Katherine Sorrels
Part 1: Negotiating Interpersonal Relationships: Historical Perspectives
1: Inclusion, Emotion, and Disability
Markus Dederich and Katherine Sorrels
2: "Moral Madness": Representations of Prodigality, Disability, and Competence in German Legal History
Ashley L. Elrod
3: Deafness and "Disfigurement" as Relational Disorders: Aron Ronald Bodenheimer's Psychotherapy at the Zurich School for the Deaf during the 1960s
Marion Schmidt
Part 2: Reckoning with the Past: Reconstruction of Memory
4: The Romance of the Institution: Educational Optimism and the Confinement of the "Feeble-Minded" in Modern Germany
Warren Rosenblum
5: From the Disability Murders Archive: Ernst Klee's Confrontation of the Public with Nazism's First Genocide
Dagmar Herzog
6: Disability in Nazi Germany: Memory of "Euthanasia" Crimes and Commemoration of Their Victims
Lutz Kaelber

Part 3: Intersections and Diversity: The Lens of Culture
7: A Crip Chronotope: Time, Disability, and Heimat in Else Lasker-Schüler's Die Wupper
Caroline Weist
8: Disability in the Narrative and Dramatic Work of Thomas Bernhard
Linda Leskau
9: Freaks, Capriccios, Monstrosities: Ulrike Ottinger's Freak Orlando: Kleines Welttheater in fünf Episoden
Tanja Nusser
10: Disability as Opportunity in Alissa Walser's Novel about the Blind Maria Theresia Paradis
Waltraud Maierhofer
Notes on the Contributors
Index

LINDA LESKAU is Assistant Professor (Akademische Rätin auf Zeit) at TU Dortmund University.

TANJA NUSSER is Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

KATHERINE SORRELS is Associate Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati.

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Title Details

258 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

4 illus.

Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture

Imprint: Camden House