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   ISSN (Print) 1929-9192
   Published by U of Waterloo Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Telling Ourselves Sideways, Crooked and Crip: An Introduction

    • Authors: Joshua St. Pierre, Danielle Peers
      Pages: 1 - 11
      Abstract: Stories about us are boring. As predictable and ubiquitous as they are dangerous, normate narrations of our lives are as straight as they come: one-dimensional narratives of tragic loss and/or progressive normativity. We are dying or overcoming. We become a burden or an inspiration. We desire vindication or marriage. Our entire narrative worlds are defined by our Otherness, yet revolve around the normates and the normative. These stories cut straight to the point, using—and used as—well-steeped, easily readable metaphors bolstered by the requisite piano-based musical cues. If we didn’t know us better, we would bore us.
      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
  • invite in. go steady crazy

    • Authors: Agnieszka Forfa
      First page: 12
      Abstract: An intimate non sequitur poem/non-fiction narrative of plants, nature, ritual and spirit in mental health and trauma healing, and the limits placed on ‘non-normative’ minds within a capitalist framework.
      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
  • Stories of Methodology: Interviewing Sideways, Crooked and Crip

    • Authors: Margaret Price, Stephanie L. Kerschbaum
      Pages: 18 - 56
      Abstract: In this article, written in a combination of collaborative and singular voices, we tell the stories of shaping an interdependent crip methodology while conducting a qualitative interview study with 33 disabled faculty members. Our central argument is that disability crips methodology. In other words, centering disability from the beginning of a research project, and committing to collective access, reveal specific ways that disability changes the assumptions and outcomes that ordinarily characterize—or are assumed to characterize—research situations. To illuminate those specific ways, we focus on three dimensions of qualitative research that emerged as particularly important to our interdependent methodology: time, gaze, and emotion.
      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
  • Film: Réflexions sur la Représentation du Handicap Retrouvée dans le
           Cinéma Québécois

    • Authors: Joëlle Rouleau
      First page: 57
      Abstract: Réflexions sur la représentation du handicap retrouvée dans le cinéma québécois est un court- métrage documentaire s’articulant autour de deux questions principales : comment aborder la représentation du handicap telle qu’elle se retrouve dans certains films québécois ; et, dans quelle mesure l’étude critique de cette représentation permet-elle de concevoir le cinéma comme un régime de la représentation (Hall 1997a) québécois articulé autour de certaines normativités (Butler, 2004)? Pour y parvenir, la réalisatrice a entretenu une discussion avec des réalisateurs, réalisatrices, actrices et activistes au sujet de la lutte de pouvoir autour de la représentation (Hall, 1997a; du Gay et al., 1997); celle-ci s’inscrivant dans une lutte plus large concernant des rapports de force dans la société québécoise. Cette discussion prend pour étude de cas le film Prends-moi (2014), court-métrage de fiction réalisé par André Turpin et Anaïs Barbeau- Lavalettte, deux personnes non-handicapées. Le documentaire met de l’avant une analyse critique des représentations capacitiste, explorant l’autoreprésentation comme une réappropriation de l’espace culturel et social de la représentation des personnes handicapées dans le contexte québécois.  Réflexions sur la représentation du handicap retrouvée dans le cinéma québécois is a short documentary exploring two core questions: First, how can we approach the portrayal of disability in certain Québec films? And second, how can a critical study of disability facilitate a conceptualization of Québec cinema as part of a « regime of representation » (Hall, 1997) articulated around certain norms (Butler, 2004)? To do so, the director opens up a discussion with film directors, producers, actors and activists concerning the power struggles over representation (Hall, 1997; du Gay et al., 1997) and the broader power relations in Québec society of which they are a part. This discussion focuses on the Quebec film Prends-Moi (2014) directed by non-disabled filmmakers André Turpin and Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette. The short documentary offers an exploration of cultural representations of disability in Quebec media that allows for a deeper analysis of Quebec’s ableist cultural conceptions as well as a space for self- representation, which can be understood as a form of re-appropriation of media space.

      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
  • Loose Leaf

    • Authors: Lindsay Eales
      Pages: 58 - 76
      Abstract: A shuffle. Do you experience the following? Cigarette smoke and white cheddar popcorn. It’s all in my pretty little head. Crinkling paper bedsheets. Excess. A woman who swallowed a fly, leaves and steel. A polka-dot collar. Blink... Side effects are a misnomer. An artist’s manifesto. Non-linear. I want to be disjointed, unformed, messy, hurting, mad. Madness is both personal and political. Through an autoethnographic series of performative poetry and prose, Loose Leaf intends to evoke encounters with some of the affects, experiences, and politics of madness and psychiatrization. It works to offer both an embodied and theoretical engagement with one form of mad performance, and to compel readers to perform a form of mad reading.
      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
  • Aut-ors of our Experience: Interrogating Intersections of Autistic

    • Authors: Jessica L. Benham, James S. Kizer
      Pages: 77 - 113
      Abstract: Narratives of the Autistic experience are often told, interpreted, and assigned value by people who are not Autistic, allowing dominant cultural understandings of Autism to pervade without substantial inquiry. In academia, a space in which there is little room for Autistic people in the first place, the power of these dominant ideologies is used to minimize our voices, dismiss our concerns, and devalue our insights. Drawing from Spry’s definition of auto-ethnography and using the works of Derrida and Ronell as aesthetic inspiration, we share and interpret our lived experiences to reclaim our Autistic academic identity. We deliberately disrupt conventions of scholarly writing and storytelling to demonstrate that Autistic narratives should and do interrupt, challenge, or even completely undermine academic normativity. We deploy this cripping-up of our experiences to interrogate how Autistic identity is constructed and negotiated in academia. In doing so, we explore avenues to integrate and celebrate Autism in academic spaces so that scholarship in disability studies, critical autism studies, and gender studies can be enhanced.
      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
  • Stuttering from the Anus

    • Authors: Daniel Martin
      Pages: 114 - 134
      Abstract: This piece of writing is intended as a plea to people who stutter to embrace psychoanalytic theories of stuttering that relate dysfluent speech to unresolved neuroses stemming from the anal stage of human development. Premising its ideas on early psychoanalytic work by Sigmund Freud and Otto Fenichel, among others, this essay argues that there is much to be gained from pathologizing dysfluent speech as a product of unresolved narcissistic aggression. Rather than articulate a psychoanalytic cure for such aggression, this work of creative scholarly labour suggests that analogies comparing dysfluent speech to excrement have the potential to emancipate stuttering from the limited confines of the person who stutter’s mouth.
      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
  • Review of Malhotra & Rowe, Exploring Disability Identity and Disability
           Rights through Narratives

    • Authors: Samantha Butler
      Pages: 135 - 141
      Abstract: In their book, Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights through Narratives, Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe show the importance of the in-depth narrative method in discerning the personal affects of oppression on the lives of disabled persons. Through the stories of the 12 disabled post-secondary students with physical impairments in their study, Malhotra and Rowe reveal the relationship between rights advocacy and personal identity.
      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
  • Review of Monje, Defiant

    • Authors: Joshua Falek
      Pages: 142 - 147
      Abstract: Defiant is the latest addition to Michael Scott Monje Jr.’s Shaping Clay series, which features neuroqueer protagonist Clay Dillon, as henavigates educational barriers, intimate experiences, and workplace accommodations in an ableist world.
      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
  • Review of Sanchez, Deafening Modernism: Embodied Language and Visual
           Poetics in American Literature

    • Authors: Jennifer Janechek
      Pages: 148 - 155
      Abstract: In Deafening Modernism: Embodied Language and Visual Poetics in American Literature, Rebecca Sanchez engages a range of methodologies—literary and historical analysis, linguistics, ethics, and queer, cultural, and film studies—to probe the relationship between images, bodies, and texts as revealed in canonical American modernist works.
      PubDate: 2016-10-31
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2016)
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