Since the 1970s the ascendancy of mirity identities based on gender, race, and sexuality has transformed the landscape of cultural theory, embracing greater political urgency and relevance. Disability Theory provides indisputable evidence of the value and utility that a disability studies perspective can bring to these and other key questions. Tobin Siebers persuasively argues that disability studies transfigures basic assumptions about identity, ideology, language, politics, social oppression, and the body. At the same time, he advances the emerging field of disability studies by putting its core issues into contact with signal thinkers in cultural studies, literary theory, queer theory, gender studies, and critical race theory.It boldly rethinks theoretical questions of the last thirty years from the vantage point of disability studies.
Tobin Siebers is V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor of Literary and Cultural Criticism, Professor of Art and Design and the Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.